Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 1570 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a very fine “Old Testament” manuscript in Ge‘ez, likely produced in a scriptorium by the hand of at least ten scribes. The date of the work is written in the first colon at the end of 2 Kings: the 27th year of Särs’ä Dəngəl reign. Much of Micah is missing – the first five verses of the book are included – and much of Joel is missing, with only the last very and colophon of the latter remaining. The second colophon states that the work was translated by Jacob the Israelite from Hebrew to Ge‘ez, and was written by the scribe Waldä Giyorgis for Queen Maryam Səna [wife of Sarsa Dengel, Negus of Ethiopia, -1597 ሠርፀ ድንግል]. Her name has since been erased in many locations.
ff. 1r-7r

Extracts from

Title: Enoch
Language(s): Geez
ff. 7r-87v
Title: Pentateuch
Language(s): Geez
f. 17-34
Title: Genesis
ff. 35-48
Title: Exodus
ff. 49-59
Title: Leviticus
ff. 60-73
Title: Numbers
ff. 74-87
ff. 88r-96v
Title: Joshua
Language(s): Geez
ff. 97r-104v
Title: Judges
Language(s): Geez
ff. 105
Title: Ruth
Language(s): Geez
ff. 106r-116v
Title: 1 Samuel
Language(s): Geez
117r-125v
Title: 2 Samuel
ff. 126r-135v
Title: 1 Kings
Language(s): Geez
ff. 136r-145v
Title: 2 Kings
ff. 146
Title: A list of Judah’s Kings, Israel’s Kings, and Prophets
ff. 147r-163v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 147r-153v
Title: Proverbs
ff. 154r-156r
ff. 156v-163r
ff. 163r-173v
Title: Job
Language(s): Geez
ff. 174r-188r
Title: Isaiah
Language(s): Geez
ff. 188v-199v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 188v-190v
Title: Hosea
ff. 191r-192r
Title: Amos
f. 192v
Title: Micah

Only the first 5 verses remain. The rest and hearly the whole of Joel being contained on two leaves, now missing.

f. 193r
Title: Joel

Last verses and colophon only.

f. 193r
Title: Obadiah
f. 193r
Title: Jonah
f. 193v
Title: Nahum
f. 194
Title: Habakkuk
f. 195r
Title: Zephaniah
ff. 195v
Title: Haggai
ff. 196r-198r
Title: Zechariah
ff. 198v-200r
Title: Malachi
ff. 200r-227v
Title: Jeremiah
Language(s): Geez

The four works associated with Jeremiah are treated as one.

f. 225
Title: Baruch
ff. 226r-227r
f. 227v
ff. 228v-236r
Language(s): Geez

4 Esdras 3-14

ff. 236v-243v
Title: Daniel
Language(s): Geez
ff. 244r-267v
Title: Ezekiel
Language(s): Geez

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 267 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 42 × 35 cm.

Layout

3 columns, 40 lines per leaf. Folios 1-4and folio56blank.

Hand(s)

Written in black ink.

Additions:
  • Marginalia The work contains some Amharic marginalia; the concluding leaves ff. 260-267 contain sales contracts and property listings, written in Amharic, of members of Ethiopian nobility, dated roughly to 1750-1780.
  • Marginalia after the colophon f. 173vare added some quotations from a comentator

Binding

Thick wooden boards. Red bling tooled leather.

The book has been heavily restored with new endbands, sewn on supports, board edges and corners recovered. The second of the double leaf has been removed.

History

Origin: Late 16th cent.during the 27th year of Sarsa Dengel, Negus of Ethiopia, -1597ሠርፀ ድንግል f. 146; EthiopiaThe second colophon states that the work was translated by Jacob the Israelite from Hebrew to Ge‘ez, and was written by the scribe Waldä Giyorgis for Queen Maryam Səna the wife of Sarsa Dengel, Negus of Ethiopia, -1597

Provenance and Acquisition

Ethiopia

Donated to Cambridge University by Armbruster, C. H. (Carl Hubert), 1874-1957 on 19 August 1957

Record Sources

Description based on Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library / by Edward Ullendorff and Stephen G. Wright; with a contribution by D.A. Hubbard.Cambridge University Press.1961

Availability

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures contact Cambridge University Library Admissions. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Bibliography

    bookhttp://zotero.org/users/local/VPTDBJud/items/2GNGMD9M Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library / by Edward Ullendorff and Stephen G. Wright ; with a contribution by D.A. Hubbard. EdwardUllendorff Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1961

Funding of Cataloguing

CUL


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