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94. Seal of Saadia Son of Our Teacher Master Eleazar

S Saadye bar Morenu Harab Eliyezer

Seal of Saadia Son of Our Teacher the Master Eleazar

Dimensions: 28 mm. Impression.

Location: Bavarian Main State Archives, Munich, Regensburg City Doc. 3717.

This is the third seal of Saadia. Within beaded lines the Hebrew inscription starts with what seems a somewhat obliterated S, the rest of the letters being legible. We have here conventional contractions, the plural Morenu or “our teacher” usually being used rather than the singular Mori or “my teacher.” The field shows a shield which, though the image is very worn, seems to bear a rosette; possibly this is the same heraldic rose shown on the seal affixed to the document of seal No. 93.

The document to which the seal is affixed is dated March 29, 1398. We are sure that the same Saadia sealed this and the last two documents because not only does he mention his father as Eleazar but also, as we will see, he is joined in sealing by his wife, Disslob (Disslaba).

These three seals of Saadia* reveal an interesting evolution. That from 1384, apart from the obligatory Ivd, could be of a Christian merchant. The second seal, from 1391, indicates that Saadia had dispensed both with crosses and Gothic lettering, creating a typical medieval Jewish seal. The third, from 1398, now indicates piety and reverence for his father in a very traditional form.


*The writer is quite sure the first seal, with the name in Gothic letters, belongs to the same group because these Jewish communities were very small, the number of privileged Jews holding seals was even smaller, and all these documents come from the same period.

*The writer is quite sure the first seal, with the name in Gothic letters, belongs to the same group because these Jewish communities were very small, the number of privileged Jews holding seals was even smaller, and all these documents come from the same period.

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ISBN
9780814344859
MARC Record
OCLC
1055142843
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-SA
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