The two manuscripts below were included in a dedicated Hebrew section of Emilie Savage-Smith’s Descriptive Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts at St John’s College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). As discussed elsewhere, the Oriental manuscripts collection is now known as the Middle Eastern and North African manuscripts collection, which has a linguistic range that includes Hebrew.

It should be noted, however, that the two Hebrew manuscripts in St John’s College Library were produced in a western context, and are also covered in our western medieval and western post-medieval catalogues.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 143, fol. 9r

MS 143 (Savage-Smith no. 35)

MS 143 is a bilingual Latin-Hebrew manuscript produced in the thirteenth century. It contains four Old Testament books: Joshua, Judges, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes.

Two catalogue entries available: Savage-Smith (2005) and Hanna (2002)

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 253, fol. 61v

MS 253 item 30 (Savage-Smith no. 36)

MS 253 (item 30) is a transcription and translation of two Hebrew deeds of conveyance. The original documents, dated 1268, are in Merton College Oxford.

Two catalogue entries available: Savage-Smith (2005) and Tiley (2018)

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