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A manuscript of The Octateuch (OR 480)

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What: A 14th-15th Century manuscript of The Octateuch – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth

Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Ref: OR 480
Digital version –
Description: An Ethiopian manuscript containing:The Octateuch. (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth)

On f.2r. Upper margin ኦሪት ዘቅዱስ መድኃኔ ዓለም, “the Law, belonging to the Holy Saviour of the World”. The church Holy Saviour of the World built by King Theodore at Magdala.

It is the first manuscript listed as part of the “Magdala collection” in William Wright’s Catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1847

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