Hebrew Bible from Persia
The scribe who copied out this Hebrew Bible in 15th-century Persia gave his name as Jacob. In a long statement (called a ‘colophon’), Jacob tells us that he finished the manuscript in Kashan in 1806 according to the calendar of deeds (the Seleucid era) – 1495 CE. This is the earliest reference to a Jewish community in the town of Kashan. Jacob finished the copying in the ‘house of study’ of the ‘great and knowledgeable’ Rabbi Samuel ha-Levi Israel. Like many Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, Jacob signed his name listing his forefathers several generations back.