Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Halper 382 Letter to Abraham ben Nathan, 'the Seventh'
TitleLetter to Abraham ben Nathan, 'the Seventh'
- Abraham ben Nathan 11th/12th cent. Abraham ben Nathan 11th/12th cent.
Call numberHalper 382
(Philadelphia, United States, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, Cairo Genizah Collection)
PublisherCenter for Advanced Judaic Studies Library
ca. late 11th century-early 12th century
- Folded and addressed in mail format; The letter opens with a paragraph of at least 20 lines of panegyric blessings in Hebrew. The 18 remaining lines are the content of the letter in Judeo-Arabic, which is also laden with honorific terms; The writers express their longing for Abraham yet decline his invitation to visit him in Syria (אלשאם), as they will be staying in al-Maḥalla (in the central Nile delta), with friends from Aleppo for another two months; The addressee, referred to as חמדת הישיבות, also received the letters in Cambridge T-S NS J 131 (from the Nagid Mevorakh ben Sa'adia 1094-1111); Oxford Bodleian Heb. d. 68 (Cowely 2878) fol. 29; Cambridge T-S 13J 15 fol. 24 (from Solomon ben Yeshua, the same hand as the previous); T-S 10J 11 fol. 16 (there: b. Nathaniel); T-S NS J 24 (from his brother Araḥ); T-S 18J 4 fol. 2; T-S 13J 15 fol. 24; He appears in a list of dignitaries in British Library Or. 5535 (Margoliouth, vol. III no. 1131). A biographical sketch of him was assembled by M. Cohen, Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt, 1980, pp. 130-131; Verso contains the name of the addressee, and the names of the writers, Obadiah, Abraham and Japheth the sons of Shemaryah. This is followed by a standard Arabic salutation in Arabic characters.
- Condition: tears.
Extent34.6 X 13.7 cm
- Hebrew letters
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