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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
BnF syr. 434 1,900 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • f. 1v-63 Collection of Catechetal Questions and Answers
  • f. 64-72 Explanations of words
  • f. 73v-79v The History of Emperor Maurice
  • f. 79v-86r History of Peter the Publican
  • f. 86v-90r The history of the penitent demon
  • f. 90v-97r Vision of Macarius on the soul after death
  • f. 97v-100v Refutation on the causes of corruption 
  • f. 100v-101r On the different readings
  • f. 101v-142v 'Abdišo' the Solitary, Mimra
  • f. 142v-176r Profitable speech 
  • f. 177v-180r Athanasius of Alexandria, Profession of Faith 
  • f. 180r-181r Profession of faith of the Twelve Apostles 
  • f. 181v-186r Rite of marriage crowning
  • f. 186v-187r Some Proverbs of Aḥiqar
  • f. 187v-189r Prayer of confession of the faith
  • f. 189r-190r Prayer for the consecration of impure water 
  • f. 190r-192v Dionysius bar Salibi, Canons
  • f. 192v-199v Canons and precepts 
  • f. 200-201r Fragments in Garshuni
  • f. 201v-205r 'Abdišo' de Gazarta
    • f. 201v-203r Mimra on the monastic life
    • f. 203r-204r Turgama on Mar Quriaqos
    • f. 204r-205r Introduction to the Gospel
  • f. 205v Final Prayer
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00356) 1,700 CE Garshuni
  • f. 1v-89v On the Unity of the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church
  • f. 90r-92v Athanasius of Alexandria, Athanasian Creed
  • f. 93r-169r Answers of the faithful to the heretics
Vat. sir. 199 1,545 CE Garshuni

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Life of St. Maron
  • Homily on Penitence
  • Story of the three holy Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
  • Death of Isaac the patriarch
  • Death of Jacob the patriarch
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on the thief
  • Life of St. Alexei
  • History of St. Abdulmasih
  • Lives of Ss. Sergius and Bacchus
  • Life of St. Marina
  • Life of St. Susanna
  • On Isaac, the son of Abraham the Patriarch
  • Life of St. John
  • Life of Paul
  • On St. Abba Ammon
  • On the Seven children of Ephesus
  • Life of St. Cyril
  • Life of St. Martinianus the Anchorite
  • Life of St. Archelidos
  • History of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul
  • Homily on Penitence
  • Life of St. Dionysius the Aereopagite
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on Constantine the great
  • Life of St. Simon
  • Life of Ahiqar the sage
  • Fables of Shaddad, son of 'Addi and Solomon, son of David
  • Letter from heaven given by Athanasius Patriarch of Alexandria
  • History of the conception and nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by her mother Anna
  • Narration of bribery
  • Fable of a certain prince
  • Homily of St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • Questions and answers
  • History of Pontius Pilate
  • Apostolic Constitutions
  • Homily of St. John Chrysostom
  • Ephrem Syrus, On wrestling with the Devil
  • Prayer for the sick and penitential
Vat. sir. 409 1,700 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Book of Psalms with commentary interspersed from various patristic authors (Philoxenus, Athanasius, Ephrem Syrus, Gregory, Severus, Abraham Qidonoyo)
Mosul, Iraq, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mosul MS 34 (ASOM 00034) 1,750 CE Syriac
  • fol. 2v-129r Psalms
    • Title NS: ܟܬܒܐ ܕܡܙܡܘܪ̈ܐ ܕܕܘܝܕ
    • Note: Syriac with Arabic Garshuni translation in parallel columns
  • fol. 129v-130r Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria, Hymn of the angels at the Nativity
    • Title NS: ܬܫܒܘܚܬܐ ܕܡ̈ܠܐܟܐ ܕܫܒܚܘܗ̇ ܒܝܘܡܐ ܕܡܘܠܕܗ ܕܡܪܢ ܒܒܣܪ
    • Note: Dominical prayer and Nicene Creed in Syriac on fol. 130rv
  • fol. 130v-133v Memre
    • Note: Includes memre by Ephrem of Nisibis, fol. 130v-131r, 132v-133v; also an acrostic memra in the meter of Ephrem of Nisibis, fol. 131r-132r
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 170 (SMMJ 00170) 1,596 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • Includes texts by Isaac of Nineveh, Ephrem of Nisibis, Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Jacob of Serugh, Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Epiphanius of Constantia, and Bar Hebraeus. Narratives in the collection include story of a penitent demon and some monks, fol. 189v-192r; story of the merchant and his wife, fol. 235v-236v
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 246 (SMMJ 00246) 1,546 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Homilies and liturgical prayers
    • Includes homily on Michael the Archangel by Athanasius Patriarch of Alexandria, fol. 33r-41v; homily for those receiving the Priesthood by Yaʿqūb al-Mafārqānī, fol. 131v-138v; acrostic poem on moving of the Gospel, fol. 166r-167r.