Letter: Bodl. MS heb. e 94/28

Letter Bodl. MS heb. e 94/28


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Informal note (with a legal purpose) in the hand of Abū Zikrī Yehuda b. Yosef Kohen addressed to a judge called 'Rabbenu ha-Rav.' In Judaeo-Arabic. Abū Zikrī reports that as he was passing by the hospital (māristān) he saw a young man (al-ṣabiyy) delivering a court summons in the hand of al-Nezer (=Natan b. Shemuel) to his legal rival Abū Saʿīd b. Qaṭṭūs. Abū Saʿīd refused to obey unless an official court messenger (rasūl) delivered the summons. Abū Zikrī butted in and told Abū Saʿid to comply, and Abū Saʿīd said he would do so. But shortly afterward, the young man caught up with Abū Zikrī and told him that Abū Saʿid didn't comply. On verso there are a few words in Arabic script (and possibly more than a few words—they are currently covered by a sheet of paper). (Information from Goitein's notes and from Oded Zinger's forthcoming edition.)