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MS. Pococke 368

Oriental Manuscripts Pococke Collection


Collection of astronomical texts

1. ff.1r-194r, 199r-199v, 203r-217v
Yitsḥaḳ ben Yosef, active 13th-14th centuryישראלי, יצחק בן יוסף, Yesod Olam יסוד עולם

At the beginning and end of the tables are astronomical notes (by a later hand in Oriental cursive script) signed דעת ר´ יאודה, דעת ר´א´ם´ ן´ בסן (?) and R. Yitsḥaḳ אלחדב, there occurs the date of 5265 (1505). On fol. 56r the name of the first scribe, Abraham is marked. He copied fols. 1v-94r.

2. ff. 194v-198v, 200r-202v, 234r-236v
Extracts on asntronomy and mathematics

Contains among others extracts on humours and the climate (fol. 194v), commentary on the astrolabe (fol. 196v), the views of רא"ם and Judah b. בסה on the date of the seasons in 1334 (fol. 198v), commentary on the first part of ʻImanuʼel ben Yaaḳov's Six wings(שש כנפים) (fol. 199v), calendars על דעת אוליבג and for Constantinople (fol. 202r). The years 5258 [= 1498 ] and 5269 [=1508/9] are mentioned. The author of some of the extracts, possibly Isaac ben Elijah Kohen mentions his commentary on Euclid.

3. ff. 218r-218v
Al-Aḥdab, Iṣḥak ben Shlomo, 1396-1429?יצחק בן שלמה בן צדיק אלחדב ספרדי, Notes on the calendar מאמרים על הלוח
Incipit: "אמר יצחק ... אם יש אל שואל על מולד מן המולדות אם עבר מתי היה"

Second paragraph begins: "אמר יצחק ... ראיתי רבים ועצומי’ חקרו ודרשו לעשות דרך קצרה במולדות"

4. ff. 219v-221v
Isaac ben Elijah ben Aaron ha-Kohen of Syracuseיצחק בן אליהו הכהן, Treatise on the calendar חבור על הלוח

At the end a note by Shabtai ben Ovadyah (the scribe?) on the use of calendars.

5. ff.222r-233v
Astronomical tables for 1384.

Many of these tables are also found in Paris BnF MS. hèbr. 1085, ff. 85v-. Contains some calendrical tables which cannot be found in Paris BnF MS. hèbr. 1085 and one of them says that it was written for Lisbon (לישבונה) (fol. 232r)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ff. 239 (fols. 237-239 are blank)
Dimensions (other):
Dimensions (written):


Byzantine semi-cursive scripts


Brown leather binding.


Origin: [Byzantium]; [late 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Owners' inscription at the beginning of the MS (fol. 1r): "יוסף ן’ שאנג’י"; "שלמה בכ"ר משה קבולי", מנחם קבולי, יוסף בן יעקב [...]. , Edw: Pococke.

Edward Pococke's collection of oriental MSS (mostly Armenian, Hebrew and Arabic) was purchased by the Library for £800 in 1692 (see Summary Catalogue, vol. II, p. 1008).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 2044, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 2044. 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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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2044.
    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. 2044.