Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 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
ff. 35-48
ff. 49-59
ff. 60-73
ff. 74-87
ff. 88r-96v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 97r-104v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 105
Language(s): Geez
ff. 106r-135v
Language(s): Geez
106r-116v
Title: The book of Samuel I
117r-125v
Title: The book of Samuel II
ff. 126-145
Language(s): Geez

After the colophon a

ff. 126r-135v
Title: The book of Kings I
ff. 136r-146v
Title: The book of Kings II
ff. 146
Title: list of Judah’s and Israel’s kings, and a list of prophets
ff. 147r-163v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 147r-153v
ff. 154r-156r
ff. 156v-163r
ff. 163r-173v
Title: The books of Job
Language(s): Geez
ff. 174r-188r
Language(s): Geez
ff. 188v-199v
Language(s): Geez
ff. 188v-190v
Title: The prophet Hosea
ff. 191r-192r
Title: The prophet Amos
ff. 192v-192v
Title: The prophet Micah

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

ff. 193r
Title: The prophet Joel

Last verses and colophon only.

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

The 4 books are treated as 1

ff. 228v-236r
Language(s): Geez

4 Esdras 3-14

ff. 236v-243v
Title: Daniel
Language(s): Geez

4 Esdras 3-14

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 page. 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 with updates by Jeremy Penner

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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