Epistola ad Hebraeos
September, c. 1530
ink on paper, 62 leaves (14.9 x 9.7 cm.); Christian square Hebrew characters
Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron; Henry Fairfax, 4th Lord Fairfax of Cameron; F. Manley Sims
This Hebrew translation of Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews was translated and copied by Richard Bruarne (1519-1565), Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford (1546-1556), Canon of Christ Church, and Provost of Eton. The text begins with a Latin commentary, which commences: “Splendissimo principi Henrico octauo semper inuicto. Angliae, Franciae, Hiberniae regi, fidei defensori…” This manuscript was apparently a presentation copy prepared by Bruarne and given to Henry VIII. The introduction concludes in Aramaic, quoting Daniel 6:22: Malka le-‘almin heyi! — May the king live forever.