Compendio delas šehitót (Constantinople ca. 1510): The First Judeo-Spanish Printed Publication

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It is commonly accepted that Hilkhot Shehita u-Vdika (literally, 'The Laws of Ritual Slaughter and Examination'- Constantinople ca. 1510) was the first publication ever printed in Judeo-Spanish. Yet scholars possessed no evidence that the work actually existed, and no information was available regarding its contents or language. Recently, however, the first four pages of the publication were discovered among the remnants of the Cairo Genizah. The current study is a preliminary description of this publication's historical bibliography, halakhic sources, structure and contents, orthography and spelling (which reflect untrained writing and inconsistent pronunciation), and its special vocabulary, including the Hebrew component, which specifically relates to religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-52
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Jewish Languages
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Halakha
  • Jewish bibliography
  • Jewish ritual slaughter
  • Judeo-Spanish

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Linguistics and Language


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