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97. Seal of David Son of Joseph

* S * David * bar * Yosef

Dimensions: 28 mm. Impression.

Location: Bavarian Main State Archives, Munich, Regensburg City Doc. 3045.

Bibliography: M. Stern, 1934.

Equally well preserved is this seal. Between heavy beaded lines, separated by rosettes, the Hebrew inscription can be clearly read. A slight floral decoration fills the small space at the left at the end of the inscription. On the shield in the field a five-pointed star is formed by interwoven lines. Possibly the device of this seal was based on that of Nachman, which, though some forty years older, David may have seen.

The seal is affixed to a document, illustrated here, dated March 17, 1391, the same date as two separate documents signed by Saadia and Disslaba. March 17 must have been a busy day for the Jews in Regensburg, as was the entire year of 1391—indeed, from the records we know why: the impoverished city fathers were extracting sufficient money from the Jews to pay off municipal and ducal obligations amounting to three thousand florins then coming due.

Pledge document from Regensburg, March 17, 1391, sealed by David son of Joseph. Bavarian Main State Archives at Munich, Regensburg City Doc. 3045.

David son of Joseph sealed two other documents shortly thereafter, the first dated June 2, 1391, listed as Regensburg City Doc. 3079, the second dated July 13, 1391, listed as Regensburg City Doc. 3105. This writer received a photograph of the seal from Document 3105 which at first glance seemed different from the seal affixed to the document from March 17. However, closer examination revealed that a poor imprint made the earlier impression seem smaller and with variant lettering. They are in fact the same seal.


An earlier document dated March 14, 1391, known as Regensburg City Doc. 1805, was also sealed by David; the seal has fallen off. We learn from the opening sentence of it that David (called there Davit) came from Straubing.

An earlier document dated March 14, 1391, known as Regensburg City Doc. 1805, was also sealed by David; the seal has fallen off. We learn from the opening sentence of it that David (called there Davit) came from Straubing.

The seal is affixed to a document, illustrated here, dated March 17, 1391, the same date as two separate documents signed by Saadia and Disslaba. March 17 must have been a busy day for the Jews in Regensburg, as was the entire year of 1391—indeed, from the records we know why: the impoverished city fathers were extracting sufficient money from the Jews to pay off municipal and ducal obligations amounting to three thousand florins then coming due.

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9780814344859
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OCLC
1055142843
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2018-10-02
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