Hi I have a document from Tunsia that I can't identify. Can anyone help me with this?Unknown Scroll

  • Thanks. I've edited that into your question. If you know anything else (suspected timefrmae, collection where it was found (a geniza? somebody's attic? a museum?), etc, please add it. Also, welcome to Mi Yodeya! Sep 18, 2014 at 16:01
  • Unfortunately, there is nothing more to it I can add.
    – Jeff
    Sep 18, 2014 at 16:08
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    It looks like it might be written in some form of Judeo-Arabic, which would make sense if it's from Tunisia, as you say. But it's a little bit unintelligible to the untrained (or inadequately trained) eye.
    – Seth J
    Sep 18, 2014 at 16:29
  • ..I'm wondering what it's illustrating... looks like it might possibly be Elisha making the poisoned stew edible, maybe?
    – Gary
    Sep 18, 2014 at 16:55
  • Definitely looks like Judeo-Arabic.
    – rosenjcb
    Sep 18, 2014 at 18:49

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I'm not certain but it appears to be some kind of blank agreement with the year not written in on the first line. The first line reads something like this, "With great blessing, sealed on the XXth of Shevat,(blank for year)". It is definitely Jewish from the symbolism and script but is too short to be any kind of ketubah. It is possible that this is some kind of "Tannaim", a document of betrothal or intent to marry. The holy name written at the bottom is usually associated with blessings for procreation and marriage like is found in Sefer Raziel HaMalach.

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