Letter: Bodl. MS heb. d 66/75

Letter Bodl. MS heb. d 66/75



Letter of appeal for charity addressed to ʿEli ha-Zaqen the Parnas. In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic. There are interesting opening blessings, including the phrase "zohar ḥashmalim." There are also interesting phonetic spellings, with vowels, throughout. The body of the request is punctuated by erudite rabbinic and biblical references. These are prefaced by an apology for bothering ʿEli when he has so many strangers to take care of (wa-ʿalā annī aʿlam anna ʿalayh ʿā'ila kabīra min al-ghurabā')—it seems that عائلة is being used here in its broader sense of "dependents" rather than a literal family. ASE

Bodl. MS heb. d 66/75 75 recto

75 recto



Bodl. MS heb. d 66/75 75 verso

75 verso
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