Letter: Bodl. MS heb. d 66/40

Letter Bodl. MS heb. d 66/40



Letter from Avraham b. Abī l-Ḥayy, in Alexandria, to his brother Mūsā, presumably in Fustat. Dating: ca. 1075 CE, several months after the death of their father. Avraham describes his financial difficulties, as he depends on the wheat that Mūsā sends him. Evidently Mūsā has been instructing Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAllūn to send Avraham wheat only once a month. Apart from that, he works hard as a teacher. Avraham's wife insults him because he is unable to support his family. His woes are such that "I fear that I will develop a serious illness, for I no longer have the wherewithal to bear the preoccupation of my heart" (r14–15). He expresses his willing to come to Fustat but he has no company for his travels and he is worried about the tax collectors in Fustat. Information from Gil, Kingdom, Vol. 3, #471. VMR. ASE.

Bodl. MS heb. d 66/40 40 recto

40 recto



Bodl. MS heb. d 66/40 40 verso

40 verso
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