Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Sephardic Studies]. Sephardic Scroll Fragment of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy Chapter 31: 12-28. [Iberia:] Twelfth-Century on Deerskin. Krown & Spellman retail: $7, 500.
    Framed to an overall size of approximately 18 x 7 inches. Thirty-Nine lines of legible text on deerskin, edges with wear, some separation of skin, but overall a fine example of an early Sephardic fragment. Double-sided thick glass frame, with notes on small stickers for reference. The Deuteronomy chapter is the prediction of Israeli rebellion. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.



    More Information:

    "For sacred purposes only animal skin could be used, either in the form of gevil (uncut skin), which was reversed for Torah scrolls, or kelaf (split skin, aka parchment), which could be used for other biblical books... For sacred purposes only skins from ritually pure animals could be used, deerskins were preferred" - [Encyclopedia Judaica: Books].

    "The academic term Sephardim are the Jews from Iberia (Spain and Portugal). A location named Sepharad is mentioned in the Tanakh (Bible) in the book of Obadiah, where the prophet refers to the Jerusalemite exiles in Shepharad. There is no scholarly consensus as to the geographical location to which this passage originally referred. From late Roman times, some Jews assumed that Shepharad referred to Spain. By the Middle Ages, Shepharad was the normal term used by Jews to refer to Spain. According to Sephardic tradition, the first Jews to arrive in Spain were the exiles from Jerusalem to whom Obadiah referred, who came in the sixth-pre Christian century. Many scholars assume Jews settled in Spain in Roman times, but we have little information about Jewish life in Spain until the time of the Visigothic Spanish Kingdom, which outlawed Judaism at the end of the seventh century after the kings had become Catholics. Spain was conquered by Muslims in 711. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, Spanish Judaism flourished under the Muslims, producing poets, scholars, and courtiers of the first order. After the Christian Reconquista gained Toldeo in 1085, when the Almoravids came to rule the Islamic side of the frontier, Jewish cultural achievements in Muslim Spain began to decline, disappearing under the Almohades in the mid-twelfth century."               



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    21st Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 21
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 580

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 30 days left to consign to the 2020 March 4 Rare Books Signature Auction Books Signature Auction - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $950,931