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Persian Hebrew MSS. 119 


The British Museum recently acquired a small collection of 
MSS. from Teheran, which will be of special interest to 
students who combine a sufficient mastery of Persian with 
a knowledge and appreciation of Hebrew literature. It 
will be best to arrange them in the numerical order which 
they occupy in the Oriental Series of the Museum MSS., 
after prefixing the general statement that they are all 
wi-itten in the Hebrew character, but that the language is 
Persian : — 

1. A Persian translation of the Psalms, followed by 
several liturgical poems in the same language. Dated A.D. 
1822. [Or. 4,729.] 

2. "Haft Paikar" (i.e., the Seven Images) of Nizami. 
Eighteenth century. [Or. 4,730.] 

3. Timsal Namah, known as the " Story of the Seven 
Vizirs," in the redaction of Rabbi Yehudah ; the legends of 
Eldad the Danite; Makhzan ul-pand (i.e., Treasury of 
Advice), etc. Nineteenth century. [Or. 4,731.] 

4. The Prince and the Sufi (i.e., Barlaan and Josaphat), 
in metrical form, translated from Abraham ben Hasdai's 
-inam -fbon p. Nineteenth century. [Or. 4,732.] 

5. Bible Stories in Persian verse, by MoUa Shahin. Dated 
A.D. 1702. [Or. 4,742.] 

6. Daniyal Namah, or History of Daniel, by Khwajah 
Bukharai. Dated A.D. 1816. [Or. 4,743.] 

7. Another copy of the work named under 4, followed by 
liturgical poems in Hebrew and Persian. Dated A.D. 1812. 
[Or. 4,744.] 

8. The Divan of Hafiz. Dated A.D. 1739. [Or. 4,745.] 

120 The Jewish Quarterly Review. 

In order to complete the account of the Persian Hebrew 
MSS. in the Museum, it will be useful to draw attention to 
the following numbers in the " Descriptive List of the 
Hebrew and Samaritan MSS. in the British Museum ": — 
Or. 2,452 (p. 11); Or. 2,459-60 (p. 21); Or. 2,456 (p. 42); 
Or. 2,453 (p. 69) ; Or. 2454 (p. 72) ; Or. 2,455 (p. 85). The 
first three are Biblical ; the fourth contains Persian glosses 
on Maimonides' 3?l»n "iDD; the fifth Jami's Yusuf and 
Sulaikha, etc. ; the sixth is a Vocabulary of diflacult words 
in the Bible, with explanations in Persian ; and the last is 
a treatise on compound medicaments, preceded by a calendar 
for the reading of the Torah and maibn ^nnD. 

G. Margoliouth.