Friday, September 07, 2007

More Munich Manuscripts

The Bavarian State Library in Munich has a very nice collection of Hebrew manuscripts. Mortiz Steinschneider's catalogue of the collection is available for download on Google Books. For a few years now, I've been aware that Ms. Heb. 95, the only complete manuscript of the Babylonian Talmud, was digitized and accesible on their site, and the JNUL includes it in the database of online Talmud manuscripts.

Now I found that the library has digitized many more manuscripts, including quite a few Hebrew ones. Especially noteworthy are Ms. Heb. 140-141, containing tractates from Seder Moed and part of Yevamot, and Ms. Heb. 6, with Pesahim, Yoma and Hagiga. They are both important, early examples of the Spanish textual tradition. Another major representative of this type is the Hamburg manuscript of Masekhet Nezikin, completed in Gerona in 1184. Shamma Friedman has explained why we need to be careful in using them, because their text underwent scholarly glossing. But they are definitely important, and these characteristics just make them more interesting.

There's also a fragment of Siddur Rashi that I will have to check out one of these days.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munich puts digitalized manuscripts online once somebody ordered a digitalized copy (and thereby paid for the digitalization). An article on the Siddur Rashi fragment by Andreas Lehnardt is forthcoming in a volume of papers presented at a Rashi-conference in Worms in 2005, edited by H. Liss, R. Reichman and D. Krochmalnik.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

Then this fragment was not used by Buber?

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Buber/Freimann used only full manuscripts. Cf. the mentioned article (albeit in German and probably not available for another few month) for the fragment and some notes on how Siddur Rashi and Mahzor Vitry were published and what has changed regarding our knowledge about textual transmission. elisabeth

6:18 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

Thank you.

1:19 AM  

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