Legal document: T-S NS 321.91

Legal document T-S NS 321.91



Long discussion between a woman and the court about taking an oath in a legal dispute she had with a man (the document mentions that she “lived with him for several years” so he might have been a husband or a relative). The document is fragmentary and very hard to decipher, but it seems that the court kept asking her whether she was willing to take the oath. Her answers seem to be that she is willing and even wants him to be present. When asked again, she said “I prefer nothing but that the Torah scroll be brought forth” (i.e. for her to take the oath). It seems that in this court session the oath was not administered. Dating: May/June 1105 CE. Written by Yiṣḥaq b. Shemuel (the Spaniard) who signed it together with Sason b. Natan, Avraham b. Shemaʿya he-Ḥaver, and Ḥalfon b. Menashshe ha-Levi. (Information from Oded Zinger, PhD, p. 172n142.)