Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 174

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Ketuvim (Tehilim)

ff. 1r-62v
Ketuvim (Tehilim)כתובים (תהלים)

Psalter divided into 131 chapters; Ps. 33 begins with הודו ; Ps. 34=ch. 35, 34 omitted; Ps. 113=ch. 114; Ps. 135=ch. 116, 115 omitted.

The first word of each chapter is translated into Latin in the margin.

Colophon: "כ"ג טבת רל"א לאלף השישי למניין שאנו מנין כאן קהיל(!) וירשלאר, ואני הכותב יצחק" (fol. 14r)

Ff. 59-61r are blank, on fol. 61v erased but still visible Latin notes, on fol. 62r guide to numerical value of Hebrew characters, and a drawing of a lion.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 62
Dimensions (leaf): 124 × 168 mm.
Foliation: Modern foliation in Arabic numerals from right to left, old foliation in old Arabic numerals form left to right in the middle of the upper margin


6 quires: i-iii 12, iv 8, v 12, vi 6 Latin characters, numbered from left to right, not always visible catchwords are at the end of the quires


Acceptable condition.


Ashkenazi square script


Decorated initial words, chapter numbers.


Latin marginal notes.


Leather, half and marble paper.


Origin: [France?]; [early 13th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Belonged to the library of the monastery of St. Edmundbury as owner's inscription proves: "Hoc psalteriu[m] ebraycu[m] est de bibliotheca ven[er]abilis monasterii Sancti Eadmundi acomodatu[m] fratri Ricardo Bryngkelei ordinis minorum sacreque theologie humilissimo professori 1502 ". Owner's inscription on fol. 1v: "Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cantuar[iensis] et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxon[iensis] 1633"

Donated to the Library by Archbishop William Laud (see Summary Catalogue, vol.II, part 1, pp.13-14).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, (No. 117, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 117, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 16181


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    Hillaby, Caroline, ed. The Palgrave Dictionary of Medieval Anglo-Jewish History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 70-71, fig. 3