Nahmanides' addenda to his commentary on the pentateuch in light of ms Cambridge 525

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Abstract

In this article we seek to present, for the first time, a new finding testifying to the addenda which Nahmanides introduced into his Commentary on the Pentateuch after reaching the Land of Israel. We found that MS S (Cambridge 525), which contains only the Book of Genesis, shows evidence of a list of addenda. The contribution of MS S to the study of the addenda which Nahmanides introduced into his Commentary is twofold: first, the new findings lend weight to the assumption that Nahmanides did compile a list of addenda to his Commentary on the Book of Genesis - a list which is no longer extant. In addition, these findings support the assertion that Nahmanides added to his Commentary many addenda fragments beyond those documented in the lists known to us - an assertion which, until now, had been based solely on comparisons between the different manuscripts. Over the past few years we have analysed these addenda, and they are given extensive treatment in a book on this subject which is due for publication in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Jewish Studies
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is an outgrowth of a project on Nahmanides’ addenda. The research was undertaken with the assistance of the Israel Science Foundation, project grant no. 432/08. We are thankful to the libraries housing the manuscripts which we examined and to the Institute for Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts at the National Library in Jerusalem (IMHN), and its staff. For the designations of manuscripts mentioned in the article, see Appendix A. The numbering of the addenda fragments is in accordance with the final numbering presented in our edition: Y. Ofer and J. JacobsN, ahmanides’ Addenda to his Torah Commentary that were Written in the Land of Israel (in Hebrew; Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies & Herzog College edition; 2013).

Funding

This article is an outgrowth of a project on Nahmanides’ addenda. The research was undertaken with the assistance of the Israel Science Foundation, project grant no. 432/08. We are thankful to the libraries housing the manuscripts which we examined and to the Institute for Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts at the National Library in Jerusalem (IMHN), and its staff. For the designations of manuscripts mentioned in the article, see Appendix A. The numbering of the addenda fragments is in accordance with the final numbering presented in our edition: Y. Ofer and J. JacobsN, ahmanides’ Addenda to his Torah Commentary that were Written in the Land of Israel (in Hebrew; Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies & Herzog College edition; 2013).

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Israel Science Foundation432/08

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