Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Halper 354 Court document (draft)
TitleCourt document (draft)
Other related names
- Efraim ben Shemarya 0980?-1060? Efraim ben Shemarya, approximately 980-approximately 1060, scribe
Call numberHalper 354
(Philadelphia, United States, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, Cairo Genizah Collection)
PublisherCenter for Advanced Judaic Studies Library
LanguageHebrew; Judeo-Arabic; Arabic
- The hand of the scribe who wrote this document is recognized as that of Ephraim ben Shemaryah, who presided as a court judge in 'Azza and Fustat. A list of his documents was assembled by E. Bareket, Shafrir Mitsrayim, 1995, p. 257-259; See also, above no. 337. He served as the head of the Erets Israeli community of Fustat, in documents between 1020-1047 (see Bareket, ibid., pp. 100-121); Two sons of the deceased Naḥman the Doctor (הרופה sic!) from Aleppo declare to the court that they have received from Ephraim the Ḥaver ben [Shemarya], what their father deposited with him; In the left margin is a title זכרון עדות, apparently added to the document for the purpose of indexing or filing among court documents. The correction, uneven rule, shorthand abbreviations, and relatively cursive hand, indicate that this is a draft copy; On the verso is a different inscription, in Arabic characters, which was also written before the destruction of the folio. This document, probably also a draft, is a charter designating the authority and functions of the court of the Gaonate (here "Rais al-Metivta") of the Erets Israeli Jewish community; Comparable to a charter drawn by Ephraim ben Shemarya upon his reappointment in 1028, found in Cambridge T-S 13J 7 fol. 25 (published by Goitein, ibid. pp. 84-86). This may have been the primary inscription.
- Condition: fragment, upper portion of fol., left edge lacking; titular inscription in left margin recto.
Extent18.1 X 13.2 cm
Material applied: black ink
- Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
- Cairo Genizah Collection (Dropsie College. Library).
- Witnesses (Jewish law)
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