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MS. Kennicott 7

Oriental Manuscripts Kennicott Collection


Fragments of the Latter Prophets

ff. 1r-248v
Fragments of the Latter Prophets beginning with Isaiah 39:2, Jeremiah, Ezekiel 1-13:2, 37:19-end, Minor Prophets with masorah parva

After the note at the beginning of the MS (by Kennicott?), there is the translation of the scribe's colophon,the list of fragments contained in the MS, and general observations on the MS/

Colophon: On fol. 248v:"אני ישראל הסופר בר' יצחק ס"ט בן ישראל כתבתי ארבעה ספרי נביאים אחרונים ... עם יתר ארבעה ועשרים בארבעה ספרים לר' [מחוק] הכהן ש"צ בר' יהודה הכהן ... וצוה לחקור דקדוקם ... וסיימתים במתא טלא[ ]לה בירח אלול שנת ד' אלפים ותתקפ"ב לבריאת עולם"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 248
Dimensions (other):
Dimensions (written):


Parchment, fols. 1-29 and 143-[178]: paper leaves added later.


Text in two columns.


Sephardi square script, punctuated.


Light leather binding, blind tooled


Origin: Toledo (Spain); 1222 (Elul 4982)

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership notes on fol. 247v: there is an entry at end (obliterated) in which the year 5136 (1376) and the name of a witness Mosheh ha-Kohen ben Yeshua are legible; Yitshak חדידה. At the beginning of the MS note (by Kennicott?): "This manuscript was presented to me by the Rev. Mr. Isaac Netto, on the 20th of August, 1770. Mr. Netto bought it, when at Tetuan in Barbary, of a boy carrying it to a box in the synagogue, called נניזה, where all fragments of holy writings are preserved, lest they should chance to be put to improper uses. A short time after I employed Mr. Isaac Luria carefully to compare the said MS. with the best printed edition of the Hebrew Bible, which is supposed to be that printed at Amsterdam in the year 1667. The following are the variations he found; and the observations thereon have been approved by the Rev. Mr. Netto."

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 2331., Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 2331. 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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    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.2331.
    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.2331.