Cairo Genizah : Palimpsest; Bible; writing exercises; magical; legal document: ketubba; piyyuṭ

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Three unconnected palimpsest fragments. Fragment 1 (P1) is from a children’s Hebrew primer. The upper text consists of Leviticus 26:3-8 (recto) and alphabetical writing exercises (verso). The under text, written transversely in relation to the upper text, contains Halaḵot Gedolot, Pesaḥ, with full Tiberian vocalisation. Fragment 2 (P2) is a bifolium: the upper text on leaf 1 is from the Sefer ha-Razim (sections 232-233 in the Rebiger-Schäfer 2009 edition), with the text of an invocation on f. 1v marked off with a frame and followed by several magical characteres. The under text on ff. 1v-2r, written transversely in relation to the upper text, is a dowry list from a ketubba, including a mohar gift from the groom of a house or apartment whose boundaries are defined in relation to the cardinal points. The groom’s name is Ṣulḥ b. S[...] (צלח). F. 2v is blank. Fragment 3 (P3) is a bifolium: the upper text consists of unidentified piyyuṭim. The under text, written transversely in relation to the upper text, is an unidentified text in Hebrew, barely legible.</p>




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