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[Letter to Ephraim he-Ḥaver ben Shemarya] : manuscript

Author/Creator:
Eliyah ben Shelomoh, 11th cent.
Other Title:
Panegyric poem in honor of Ephraim he-Ḥaver ben Shemarya.
Publication:
[Orient, ca. 1025-1047?]
Format/Description:
Book
1 fol. : complete; faded, erasures.
Paper 24.8 X 17.8 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: columns: 1 (recto), 2 (verso) lines: 42 (recto), 2 (verso).
Subjects:
Efraim ben Shemarya, ca. 980-ca. 1060 -- Correspondence.
Eliyahu ben Shelomoh, ha-Ḳushṭanṭini -- Correspondence.
Hebrew letters.
Laudatory poetry, Hebrew.
Language:
Hebrew. Hebrew Byzantine square.
Notes:
In mail format; recto has 42 lines of text, plus one of signature, almost filling the page.
Verso contains the names of the addressee and sender, in two columns of two lines. In the poetic segment (ll. 2-11), verse endings denoted by a punctus.
The author, whose name indicates that he originated in Constantinople, was a captive, redeemed by the Fustat Jewish Community. He has taken a loan from the non-Jews. He now asks for the aid of the head of the Community, in the wake of an unspecified tragedy.
His Hebrew is florid, his script is that of an expert. The letter opens with a panegyric poem of six strophes. Regards are sent to Ephraim's scribe Yephet (b. David)
Ephraim ben Shemaryah served as the head of the Erets Israeli community of Fustat, (in whose synagogue the Genizah was housed) in documents between 1020-1047 (see E. Bareqet, Shafrir Mitsraim, 1995, pp. 100-121, = Fustat on the Nile, Leiden, 1999, pp. 129-160). He earned the title "he-Ḥaver", as in this letter, in 1025 (Bareqet, ibid. p. 104, idem. 135).
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. 378
IMHM, no. F38400
Publications about:
Published, with introduction and notes, by E. Bareqet: Yehude Mitsrayim, 1007-1055 / Elinoar Bareket. Jerusalem : Makhon Ben-Tsevi, 1995, p. 23-26.
Contributor:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Contained In:
Cairo Genizah Collection
OCLC:
249590507
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