MANUSCRIPT

  • MS 138



    Manuscript ID:
    Ms. 138

    Place:
    Altona, Germany

    Date:
    1747-1748

    Description:
    ink on paper, 161 leaves (24.4 x 18.7 cm.); Ashkenazi cursive Hebrew characters

    Copyist:
    Moses ben Jacob Shapira Edels; Hanokh Aryeh ben Eliakim Götz of Feuchtwangen

    Former Owner:
    Isaac Mayer Wise

    Subject:
    Halakhah

    English Text:

    Jonathan Eybeschuetz (d. 1764) was a famed scholar of Talmud, Jewish law, and kabbalah. He was dayan in Prague, then rabbi in Metz, and later rabbi in Hamburg, Altona, and Wandsbeck. His later life was dogged by suspicions of Sabbatean sympathies. This manuscript contains his novellae on Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. There are four distinct hands, one of which may well have been Eybeschuetz’s own. Two copyists are named: Moses ben Jacob Shapira Edels who copied the text at the direction of Jehiel Mikhal Eybeschuetz, the author’s son, and dated 1748. The other is Hanokh Aryeh ben Eliakim Götz of Geuchtwangen, working “in the gaon’s house,” namely, Altona.


    Manuscript Link:
    https://huc.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1081042804


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