Hebrew scrolls

Scope and Content

ms54(O): Hebrew scroll, containing Genesis 1:1-Exodus 16:19; Exodus 31:17-34:12; Leviticus 21:5-27:3; Numbers 26:50-31:37; Numbers 17:4-22:17; Numbers 27:40-30:12; Deuteronomy 7:22-10:9. Unpointed Hebrew on well preserved parchment; no colophon, no indication as to date. Each column consist of 45 lines of text, columns varying in width. At least two different hands. Note by R Davidson, 19 February 1962, covering letter indicating date to be not later than 11th or 12th century. Visitor from Hebrew University of Jerusalem indicated that it was written on German or more probably Italian deerskin dating from 16th or 17th centuries.

ms55(O): Hebrew scroll, containing Genesis 1:1 to Exodus 11, continuous text, 48 lines to column. At least three different hands. Note by R Davidson, 19 February 1962.

ms56(O) Hebrew scroll of Book of Esther, 19th century.

ms57(O) Hebrew scroll of Book of Esther. Coloured design incorporating crown, star and lion, script damaged, indecipherable in places.

Administrative / Biographical History


Access Information

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Acquisition Information

ms54(O): Manuscript gifted by Sir Charles Nicholson Bart. in March 1898.

ms56(O): Presented by Rev James Hamilton, minister of Auchterhouse, February 1990. Note as to how it came into the possession of his family from a Jew called Rossvally who was converted to Christianity on the battlefield of Gettysburg.

ms57(O): Purchased from William L Eadie of Milton of Balgonie, Markinch in 1943.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

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