Samaritan manuscripts, including fragments of the Pentateuch, as well as prayerbooks and liturgical fragments, 14th-20th century, with the majority being 18th and 19th century.
Miscellaneous Samaritan manuscripts in the Bodleian Library
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Samar. b. 1-7, 8 (R), 9, c.1-8, 9 (R), 10, d. 1-4, e. 1-16, 18-21, f. 1-5
- Dates of Creation14th-20th century, mainly 18th-19th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialSamaritan Aramaic.
- Physical Description48 shelfmarks
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Miscellaneous Samaritan manuscripts from various sources.
Conditions Governing Access
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).
The manuscripts were acquired between 1890 and 1976 from various sources. The Library bought some of them from Rev. G.J. Chester, possibly in 1890. A handful were also given by A. Cowley, 1911-31, and the Palestine Exploration fund in 1911.
Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
Some of the manuscripts are in Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series, with references to the oriental and other manuscripts (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vols. V-VI, nos. 30122, 31278-91, 31634-5, 33522-3, 33713, 35517-20, 36995-8,
The manuscripts are also summarily described in the card catalogue, arranged by language, located in the Oriental Reading Room.