Miscellaneous Samaritan manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 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 Creation
      14th-20th century, mainly 18th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Samaritan Aramaic.
  • Physical Description
      48 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

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.

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).

Acquisition Information

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.