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The Early Judeo-Persian Letter L3 from the Cairo Genizah (Cambridge University Library T-S 18J3.16)

In: Journal of Jewish Languages
Author: Ludwig Paul1
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  • 1 Professor of Iranian Studies, Asia-Africa-Institute, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany
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Abstract

The article presents the edition and translation of an Early Judeo-Persian (EJP) private-commercial letter that was probably written around the late 10th or early 11th century C.E. It is the best-preserved and, with 51 lines, the longest from the ca. 25 EJP documents that were found in the Cairo Genizah. It is written in a cursive form of the Hebrew script and shows typical EJP archaic and dialectal features, as compared to the contemporaneous Early New Persian works that were written in Arabic script. Today, the letter is kept in Cambridge University Library as part of the Taylor-Schaechter collection.

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