Cairo Genizah : Letter; poetry

Nehemiah ha-Kohen (Gaʾon), Josiah b. Nehemiah (grandson of Abraham b. Sahlān)

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Recto: letter from the Babylonian Gaʾon Nehemiah ha-Kohen, dated 962 CE, to Nissin b. Benjamin in Ṣafāqis (Sfax), Tunisia. The address is given on verso. Verso: 11th-century draft of a letter in Arabic script, probably from Josiah b. Nehemiah the grandson of Abraham b. Sahlān, to a friend in Alexandria. The letter contains half of a qaṣida in vocalised Hebrew in four columns, in praise of Abū l-Faraj Hiba b. Naḥum. The colophon, in Hebrew and split above and below the poem, refers to Abraham Alluf Beḥir ha-Yešiva b. Sahlān descendant of Sunbāṭ.</p>

 


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