Have Any New Fragments of Anan Ben David's Sefer Hamitzvot Come To Light?
I just finished reading Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman's excellent book on the Genizah see here
I was not very surprised to learn that the Genizah fragment have not yet been fully examined in their entirety. More than that, overlooked fragments-often discovered in private collections or even in dusty university basements- have their way of popping up every now and then. Other 'genizot' like the recently vaunted 'Afghan Genizah' may also prove to be of some promise. Be it as it may, I am positively optimistic that more of this work can and will be recovered (hey, if a book like Ben Sira-lost for a millenium- can be reconstituted like a jigsaw puzzle, so can a 1300 year old one).
The first 2 are reproduced from the excellent
Scripture and schism: Samaritan and Karaite treasures from the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary : an exhibition December 14, 2000-April 5, 2001
Here's another fragment available for online viewing. This is an excerpt of Anan's laws regarding levirate marriages.
Ms. Schmierer-Lee of Cambridge was kind enough to apprise me of what that fine instituion has come about so far in the matter:
We don't have a comprehensive list of Sefer ha-Mitzvot fragments in the Genizah, but I do know of several. T-S 16.359-367 (known as MS A-D) were published by Schechter in Document of Jewish Sectaries Vol 2 (1910), and there is another fragment at classmark T-S F1(1).82 - this fragment was published by Epstein in Tarbiz vol. 7 (1936).
We are gradually putting manuscripts online (ca. 15,000 of the ca. 200,000 in Cambridge) and of these classmarks only the last one is online now:
The T-S 16 fragments are scheduled to be put online before the end of this calendar year.
T-S Genizah Unit
Cambridge University Library
Hoffman and Cole relate the tale of the first discoveries of Anan's original work in their inimitible style:
And some actual excerpts from said book, culled from several different sources. The rest of the fragments have been collected and published by Simcha Pinsker over a century ago. They can be viewed in their entirety here Anyone familiar with Talmudic methodology will easily see the similar casuistic style: