Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 316

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Collection of halakhical texts

1. ff. 1v-11v
Dueren, Isaac ben Meir, active 13th centuryיצחק בן מאיר מדורא, Hilkhot nidah הלכות נדה

Name of the author mentioned on fol. 11v

Language(s): Hebrew
2. ff. 12r-65v
Levi ben Gershom, 1288-1344לוי בן גרשם, 1288-1344, Shaʿare Dura שערי דורא

Numerous scribbles on fol. 1r.

Colophon: At the end of the tractate on Niddah: " נשלם זה י"א בסיון קעח"ל " (fol. 11v); " אני אנשל בן הנ"ר זוסלין מווירדא כתבתי ... ל... זוסמן ב"ר נחם הלוי וגמרתי אותו בע"ה קעח"ל " (fol. 25v)
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, not qood quality, many holes.
Extent: ff. 65
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 195 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


8 quires of 8 leaves + a leaf (fol.65); + one unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and the end (with watermark). Hebrew/Arabic characters catchwords, repeated words, marked central opening


Commentaries, notes written in smaller characters are inserted into the body of the main text.


Ashkenazi semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled, with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Archbisop Laud in the middle; holes for straps.Pastedowns are fragments of a Latin MS.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; 1417/1418

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscription: "Liber Guil[iel]mi Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cant[uarii] et Cancellarii Universit[atis] Oxon[iensis] 1636" (fol.1v)

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. 689, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 689, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures contact Bodleian Admissions). Contact specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 20604


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 689.
    Beit-Arié, Malachi and R.A. May (eds), Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I (A. Neubauer’s Catalogue) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), no. 689.