Letter: ENA 3788.3 + ENA 3788.4

Letter ENA 3788.3 + ENA 3788.4

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Popular literature in Judaeo-Arabic. Conveys the tale of a wise man who is continually amazing a king with his powers of deduction. For instance, he can tell from looking at a Bedouin's horse that it was nursed by a dog, and he can tell from the pre-purchase palpation (taqlīb, dukhūl al-yad) of a female slave that she is not a female slave at all. He explains all of his deductions when the king questions him. With every feat, the king increases his salary/ration of bread. Finally, he informs the king that he (the king) is the illegitimate son of a baker, proves that this is the case, and the king swears him to secrecy and lets him go with enough money to live happily ever after. The document is written across two pages; the second also contains a Hebrew piyyut prefaced by "Yeshaʿyahu b. Elʿazar b. Jābir to Shemarya Kahana b. Aharon." The name Yehuda b. Peraḥya also appears on the final page. ASE.

ENA 3788.3 recto

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ENA 3788.3 verso

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ENA 3788.4 recto

recto

ENA 3788.4 verso

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  • ENA 3788.3: Images provided by the Jewish Theological Seminary Library (JTSL) CC-Zero / Public Domain
  • ENA 3788.4: Images provided by the Jewish Theological Seminary Library (JTSL) CC-Zero / Public Domain