[Court document] : manuscript.

Other Title:
[Fustat, June-July 1164]
1 fol. : nearly complete, damaged; verso, save inscription in Arabic in upper right, is blank.
Parchment 28 X 26 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: left rule justified by stretching last character columns: 1 lines: 26 (25 text, 1 signature) (recto).
Jewish law.
Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Hebrew Arabic Oriental semi-cursive.
A legal document in Judeo-Arabic and legal Hebrew-Aramaic, issued in the court of Daniel, titled here here הנשיא הגדול ראש גליות כל ישראל, identical to the title bestowed on Daniel in a Ḳetubah dated one month before this document, in London, British Library Or. 5561B fol. 2, and a few months later in Cambridge TS 13J 13 fol. 11. See Mann, the Jews of Egypt, vol. I p. 175.
The autograph signatures of the clerks of the court, serving here as witnesses, Abraham ha-kohen ben Aaron and Mevorakh ben Nathan he-ḥaver. The latter appears in Genizah documents, as a clerk, judge and scribe in the court of Fustat, between 1150, serving under his father, until 1181, when he served under Maimonides.
He appears in the list of judges assembled by S. D. Goitein, A Mediterranean Society vol. II Appendix D, no. 22. The content of the document appears to be in his hand. Compare to Cambridge TS 13J 1 fol. 21 (dated 1150).
The autographs of the judges: Jacob ha-Kohen ben Joseph (found on documents dated 1161-1164, the period preceding that of Maimonides), Menaḥem ben Berakhot and Menasheh ben Joseph, a member of Maimonides' court, 1164-1199. See Goitein, ibid. nos. 19, 27.
Testimony that the seven dinar given by Abu'l-Ala ben Asbu Sahl al-Jubaili to Abu'l MaʻAli the merchant as a pledge, has been taken from him, he is thus acquitted of any claim. The latter is also known as Samuel ben Judah ibn Asad.
Forms part of: Cairo Genizah Collection.
Penn Provenance:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Cairo Genizah Collection (Dropsie College. Library).
Cited in:
Halper, no. 346
IMHM, no. F38400
Mevorakh ben Natan, he-ḥaver. , Witness
Avraham ben Aharon, ha-Kohen. , Witness
Yaʻaḳov ben Yosef, ha-Kohen, 12th cent.
Menasheh ben Yosef.
Menaḥem ben Berakhot.
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
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Cairo Genizah Collection
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