[Business Letter to ʻArus ben Yosef, Fustat] : manuscript.

Nisim ben Benaya, 11th/12th cent.
[Alexandria, 1100?]
1 fol. : torn, faded.
Paper 24.1 X 11 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: in mail format columns: lines: 17 horizontal, 12 diagonal(recto).
Nisim ben Benaya, 11th/12th cent. -- Correspondence.
ʻArus ben Yosef, 11th/12th cent. -- Correspondence.
Commercial correspondence, Judeo-Arabic.
Judeo-Arabic. Hebrew Oriental semi-cursive.
Exceeding words cramped between lines; verso contains only the signature and address, but has a secondary inscription of a few notes.
The addressee is known from other Genizah documents as a dealer in purple cloth. His Hebrew name is Abraham. See Goitein, A Mediterranean Society, vol. I p. 207, index. Eight other articles of his mail have been published by Gil, ibid. nos. 467, 468, 697, 714, 735, 767, 785 and 786.
The writer is making sure that the addressee received a sum of money that he brought from Maghreb, although he would have preferred to take out a suftaja in Fustat and receive its equivalent in Alexandria. He was unable to read the previous letter from ʻArus. He sends regards to Abul'Hussein, and his mentor Abu'l-Ifraḥ ʻArus ben Joseph.
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. 399
IMHM, no. F38400
Publications about:
Published, with translation and notes, by M. Gil: Be-malkhut Yishmaʹel bi-teḳufat ha-Geʾonim / Mosheh Gil. Tel Aviv : University of Tel Aviv, 1997, v. 3, p. 1009-1010, no. 607, along with four letters sent by Nissim's father, Benayah ben Musa, to the leading Jewish merchants of 11th century Fustat, ibid. nos. 602-605.
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
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Cairo Genizah Collection
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