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MS. Bodley Or. 3

Oriental Manuscripts Bodley Oriental


Hebrew Bible: Book of Psalms

ff. 1r-75v
Hebrew Bible: Book of Psalms כתובים (תהלים)

Erased Latin charm on fol. 72r, English gloss on fol. 73.

It contains several abecedaria (alphabets): Arabic and Cyrillic alphabets with the names of the letters spelled out above in vocalised Hebrew script on fols. 72v-73v. Greek and Hebrew alphabets with Latin notes on fols. 74v-75r.

Erased French note of the sum of the ecclesiastical taxation for the provincde of Canterbury from the early 14th century.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 75
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals. Fol. 71 is blank.




Ashkenazi square script


Not decorated.


Brown leather binding on boards, gold-tooled, clasps lost, English work of about 1600, re-backed.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; [ca. 1300]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscriptions: 'Mattheaus [Parker, archiep.] Cantuar.' : 'Dec. 12, 1624. Ex dono Jo. Prideaux in S. Th. Doctoris, Collegij Exon. Rectoris...'

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 114, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 114, 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 16178


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