Description & Technical information

One of the most accurate and earliest complete copies of Rabbi Samson ben Isaac of Chinon’s Sefer keritut on Talmudic methodology and hermeneutics, this was copied by a known scribe from Crete in Byzantine scripts. With New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, MS R933, this manuscript was used as the base text for the semi-critical edition published in Jerusalem in 1965.  This text survives in about twenty-five manuscripts (over half of these incomplete), and only about five dating from the fourteenth century.  All but three known copies are in institutional collections.

Date:  1375-1400
Period:  Middle Ages, 14th century
Origin:  Greece, Crete
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art