Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Bodley Or. 804

Oriental Manuscripts Bodley Oriental


ff. 1r-150v
Hebrew Bible: Prophets and Writings תנ"ך: נביאים וכתובים

Jeremiah, Ezekiel and part of Chronicles are missing.

Last part of a three-volume Bible (Bodl. Or. 802, Bodl. Or. 803)

Colophon: Scribal formula with the scribe's name on fol. 40v: חזק ונתחזק פסח הסופר לא יוזק לא היום ולא לעולם עד שיעלה חמור בסולם
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 150
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals (starting with 1), and in Hebrew characters (starting with 341).


Quires of mostly 8 leaves. no signatures some catchwords at the end of quires


Text mostly in four columns.


Ashkenazi square script.


Micrography (e.g., fols. 43r, 50r, 55r, 101r)

Carmina figurata (e.g., fols. 46v, 50v, 97r-100v, 150v)

Ink and pencil drawings of body parts of various animals and floral and geometric decoration (fols. 48v, 51r, 80r, 90r, 108v, 121r) (outlines of unfinished illustration or later additions?)


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled, traces of four clasps, now lost, produced in the first half of the 16th century in Spain or Portugal, injured and re-backed (see Summary Catalogue)


Origin: [Germany?]; [ca. 1300]

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. 1v: "this booke was taken at Ormus in the East India and brought home [about 160?] by Captaine Richard Blythe, who gave it to his cosen Josua Downyng, and he gave it to his loving freind [Mr. Thomas] Gataker Parson of Rotherhithe."

Thomas Gataker, parson of Rotherhithe gave the volume to the Bodleian Library in 1620 or 1621 (see Summary Catalogue).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 4, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 4, 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 33014


    Kennicott, Benjamin, Dissertatio generalis in Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum: cum variis lectionibus, ex codicibus manuscriptis et impressis. Recudi curavit et notas adiecit Paulus Iacobus Bruns. Brunovici: Orphanotrophei, 1783.
    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 4.
    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. 4.