Legal document: Bodl. MS heb. e 98/63Legal document Bodl. MS heb. e 98/63
Input dateIn PGP since 2017
Numerous drafts/outlines of legal documents from a court notebook. One of them is a partnership agreement. Dating: 1122–53. A one-year partnership in an apothecary between Sayyid al-Ahl and his partner Faraḥ b. Abū al-‘Alā. The relationship may have been an apprenticeship; both parties are entitled to 1.5 dirhams a day, but profits from the sale of some commodities within the shop will accrue only to Sayyid al-Ahl, who seems to be the primary partner. However, Faraḥ’s investment is significant; the pharmacy inventory was only 7 dinars, but Faraḥ brings a total of 20 dinars, 16 of which are invested immediately. This document lacks most of the formulae seen in partnership agreements (including stock qinyan phrases, which effect the contract) – it may have been simply the personal outline of a scribe who would later add in the framework from a formulary, as it also lacks signatures. Goitein identifies the handwriting as that of Natan b. Shemuel ha-Ḥaver (active 1122-1153). (Information from Lieberman, "A Partnership Culture", 38–39.) Another involves a house on the Jazīra worth at least 660 dinars and owned by a Jew (cf. T-S 8J34.4 (PGPID 7720)). The rest are awaiting description.