MAIMONIDES, COMMENTARY ON THE MISHNAH, AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT

Egypt, c. 1167–68, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (29.8 x 21 cm), MS. Pococke 295, fol. 295a

This manuscript contains the commentary of Maimonides (1135–1204) on "Nezikin" (Damages) and "Kodashim" (Holy Things), the fourth and fifth tractates of the Mishnah—the oldest collection of Jewish law. It was in the author’s family for generations and is thought to have been penned and illustrated by him. Composed in Judeo-Arabic (Arabic in Hebrew characters), it is his first major work and one that he revised often, as attested by the many corrections written in his own hand. The diagram shows a plan of the Temple.



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