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[Court memo] : manuscript.

Publication:
[Fustat, 1100-1138?]
Format/Description:
Book
1 frag. : parchment unevenly cut, torn; verso is blank, save few scribbled words.
Parchment 14.3 X 8.2 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: narrow lines fitting unevenly cut parchment columns: lines: 13 (recto).
Contained In:
Cairo Genizah Collection
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Subjects:
Court records.
Witnesses (Jewish law).
Jewish law.
Language:
Judeo-Arabic. Hebrew Oriental semi-cursive.
Notes:
The cut of memo, informal cursive hand, and lack of mail folds, indicate that this is either a draft copy, or an internal memo.
The writer addresses an honorable, probably a judge, agreeing to his decision to proceed discreetly, without the presence of witnesses.
The hand is recognized as that of the court scribe Ḥalfon ha-Leṿi ben Menasheh. Over 250 such documents have been collected by Gershon Weiss: Legal documents written by the court clerk Halfon ben Menasse, dated 1100-1138, a study in the diplomatics of the Cairo Geniza (Thesis (Ph.D.) in Oriental Studies--Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 1970.
Assuming Ḥalfon is the author of this memo, it is likely that it is written to Matsliaḥ ha-kohen Gaon, his mentor for whom Ḥalfon served under for most of his career.
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).
Amram.
Cited in:
Halper, no. 355
IMHM, no. F38400
Contributor:
Halfon ben Menasse, fl. 1100-1138. , Scribe
Matsliaḥ, ha-Kohen, 12th cent.
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
OCLC:
249591003