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The Pope’s Manuscript

Menachem Butler emailed me this post from Hagahot on the manuscript that the Pope gave as a gift on his recent New York visit.

The Pope’s manuscript

A friend called me just before Shabbat, saying he heard on the radio that Pope Benedict XVI gave Rabbi Arthur Schneier a Hebrew manuscript. Did I know which manuscript it was?

Nope. But the next day’s NYTimes reported that it was a replica (hence, not actually a manuscript) of a copy of a legal text by Jacob ben Asher. Now I can’t find that report, and instead it says it is a replica of a manuscript from circa 1435. (So it probably isn’t Vatican Ebr. 151, a Byzantine manuscript from the 14th-15th century with Kitzur Piske ha-Rosh, by R. Jacob ben Asher).

As you may know, a new and comprehensive catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Vatican libraries is on the way. Meanwhile, I checked the IMHM catalogue and found only two Vatican manuscripts dated 1435. One of them, Rossiana 555, is a copy of Rabbi Jacob ben Asher’s major work, the Tur. It was copied in Italy and contains decorations of some sort, making it a likely candidate for the gift (for a short description of the manuscript, see here, at the end of the ‘Text’ section).

What makes it funny, or maybe upsetting, is that this particular manuscript was copied by Yitshak ben Ovadiah of Forli. Who, according to Nurit Pasternak (Tarbits 68), converted to Christianity

2 Comments

  1. Benny_from_16th_Street

    4/29/2008 at 12:54 pm

    Smart man…that Yitshak ben Ovadiah of Forli !

  2. Dejando un poco de lado lo inaceptable de este c, se puede observar un claro reflejo de lo que sucede en las instituciones que procuran justicia en el pais(ineficacia, ineptitud, etc). Ademas se puede observaro muchos medios deunicacion han centrado sus noticias en este caso ya sea por rating, morbo o incubrimiento de otras noticias relevanteso es el caso de la inseguridad o crimen organizado. Ojala y ese empeño lo dedicaran a investigaciones relevanteso las masacres en cd Juaez

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