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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 51 (SMMJ 00051) 900 CE Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber (St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-1; SMC 2-1). Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • f. 1r-222v [Fenqitho] Hymnary for Sundays and feasts, for the Fast and for commemorations
    • f. 1r-4v Nativity
    • f. 4v-11v Mother of God
    • f. 11v-17r (Mt. 2:16-18)
    • f. 17r-20v Saints Basil and Gregory
    • f. 20b-27b Epiphany
    • f. 27v-42v Sundays after Epiphany
    • f. 42v-47v Beheading of John the Baptist
    • f. 47v-52r St. Stephen
    • f. 52r-58r [Presentation of Christ in the Temple]
    • f. 58v-61v St. Barsauma
    • f. 61v-66r St. Severus of Antioch
    • f. 66r-69r Sunday before the Fast, the Sunday of the Priests
    • f. 69r-127r Sundays and weekdays of the Fast. 
      • f. 77r-78r St. Ephrem
      • f. 115v-124v Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
      • f. 124v-127r Raising of Lazarus
    • f. 127r-131r Palm Sunday
    • f. 131r-135v Monday through Wednesday of Passion Week
    • f. 135v-145r Thursday of Passion Week, including ff. 144r-145r, the service of footwashing
    • f. 145r-148v Friday of Passion Week
    • f. 148v-151r Saturday of Good Titings
    • f. 151r-155v Easter Sunday [Pascha]
    • f. 155v-180v Eastertie liturgy in the other seven tones
    • f. 180v-184r New Sunday
    • f. 184r-187v Ascension Thursday
    • f. 187v-191v Pentecost
    • f. 191v-194r Holy Cross
    • f. 194r-195v The Prophet Elijah
    • f. 195v-197v The Apostle Thomas
    • f. 197v-198r The Apostles in common
    • f. 198r-201r St. Jacob of Sarug
    • f. 201r-203r Saints Sergius and Bacchus
    • f. 203r-205r St. Barbara
    • f. 205r-207v St. George
    • f. 207v-210r Patron Saint
    • f. 210r-213v Common office of the Mother of God, the Saints and the departed
    • f. 213v-222v Common offices in the other seven tones
BnF syr. 62 1,100 CE Syriac

See catalog entry here (especially for the date of the ms)

  • f. 1-89 Didascalia Apostolorum (Teaching of the 12 apostles; with excerpt from the prayer of Manasseh)
  • f. 90-102r Books I-VII of the Apostolic Constitutions attributed to St. Clement
  • f. 102v-107 Extracts from the Teaching of Addai
  • f. 108-112 Collection of all the canons of the holy apostles and of the synods of the Holy Fathers
  • f. 113-121r Book VIII of the canons of Clement
  • f. 121v-128 The great and holy ecumenical council of Nicaea, metropolis of Bithynia, composed by the 318 fathers
  • f. 129-132r The 24 canons fixed at Ancyra in Galatia through the synod which was assembled there
  • f. 132v-133 Twelve other canons from the council assembled at Neo-caesarea
  • f. 134-137r The eight canons established at Gangra
  • f. 137v-146 The council which as gethered at ἐγχαινίοις, at the dedication of the church of Antioch: 28 canons.
  • f. 147-149 Fifty-nine other canons established at Laodicaea in Phrygia
  • f. 150-152 The seventh council, that of Constantinople
  • f. 153 Two canons established at the holy council gathered at Ephesus during the time of Thedosius
  • f. 154-170 Council of the 87 bishops gathered at Carthage during the time of Cyprian
  • f. 171-172 Other canons from a letter written from Italy to the bishops of the East which were sent to the bishops reunited at Antioch
  • f. 173-175r Selected sentences in the letters of the Epistles of St. Ignatius of Antioch
  • f. 175v-183r Extracts from the instruction of St. Peter, bishop of Alexandria and martyr
  • f. 183v-184 Questions addressed to Timothy the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • f. 185-191 Synodicon of Sardis
  • f. 192-194r Letter of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria to Abbot Ammon, on obligation of celibacy to monks
  • f. 194v Letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to the priest Paregorius
  • f. 195 Letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to Chorbishops, on the defense of conferring ordination for donations
  • f. 196-197 Letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to the priest, Diodore, in which is a declaration of the legality of marriage of a man with his step-sister
  • f. 198-207r Letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconia
  • f. 207v-212 Letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconia
  • f. 213 Another letter of St. Basil, bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, addressed to Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconia
  • f. 214-218r The 27 canons of the council of Chalcedon
  • f. 218v Sentences of Philoxenus of Mabbug
  • f. 218v Sentences of St. Basil regarding heretics who persecute the orthodox
  • f. 219 Sentences of St. Gregory the Theologian
  • f. 219 Extracts of the third letter of St. Damassus
  • f. 219-225 Letter of St. Gregory, bishop of Nyssa to Litoios, bishop of Melitene
  • f. 226-229r Canons of St. Rabbula, bishop of Edessa
  • f. 229v-237r Definition regarding certain chapters addressed to the east in the form of Questions to Holy Fathers
  • f. 237v-241 Various canons and rites established by the council of persian bishops who met at Seleucia-Ktesiphon
  • f. 242 Letter of John, bishop of Egypt, sent to the isle of Cyprus rejecting the council of Chalcedon
  • f. 243-244 Canons established in the time of the persection at the time of Patriarch Severus
  • f. 245r Extracts from a letter addressed to the holy fathers on the two priests and archimandrites named Paul
  • f. 245v Extracts of a letter of St. Constantine, metropolitan of Laodicaea
  • f. 246-247r Extracts of a letter written by a bishop to his friends
  • f. 247v-248r Letter written from Constantinople to Martyrius, Bishop of Antioch
  • f. 248v-253 Extracts from various letters of Severus, patriarch of Antioch
  • f. 254 Five canons of the holy Theodosius, pope of Alexandria
  • f. 254v-255r Letter of St. Anthimus, bishop of Constantinople to Jacob of Edessa
  • f. 255v Definitions on the punishments with monks regarding various sins by St. Basil, bishop fo Caesarea
  • f. 266 Letter of St. Cyril of Alexandria to the monks
  • f. 257 Extracts of the letter of St. Celestine, bishop of Rome, to the clergy at people of Constantinople
  • f. 258 More extracts from the acts of the council of Ephesus
  • f. 261 Four canons about excommunicated clerics, by Sergius, bishop of Amphiator
  • f. 262-266 Recommendations and precepts of the canons regarding clerics, by John Bar-Cursus, Bishop of Tella
  • f. 267-271 Questions on diverse subjects, addressed to the priest Sergius by Mar John Bar-Cursus, Bishop of Tella
  • f. 272 Letter of Patriarch Athanasius on the defense of Christians eating meat sacrificed by Arabs which currently abound
  • f. 273-284 Questions addressed by the priest, Addai Philoponos, to Jacob of Edessa and the response of the same
  • f. 285 Extract from the 107th homily of Gregory the Theologian, on the Gospel passage, "The Pharisees came to find him to test him"
  • f. 286 ff. Precepts which God gave to Moses on abominations
Sachau 220; Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin 28 800 CE Syriac

See entry for Sachau 220

  • Syrian Orthodox Homiliary; For an ordered breakdown, see the Sachau entry above
    • Basil, f. 9
    • Gregory Nazianzus, f. 3, 4, 26, 28
    • Gregory of Nyssa, f. 6
    • Epiphanius, f. 17
    • John Chrysostom, f. 8, 9, 12, 13, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 41, 43, 47
    • Cyril of Alexandria, f. 13, 15, 17, 49, 50
    • Proclus of Constantinople, f. 40, 41
    • Jacob of Sarug, f. 10, 11, 29
    • Severus of Antioch, f. 10-12, 24, 26, 35, 43, 48
    • Pantoleon Presbyter Byzantinus, f. 48
    • Theodotus the bishop of Ancyra, f. 6
    • Antipater of Bostra, f. 29
Harvard Ms Syr 99 1,889 CE Syriac

Catalog entry

  • ff. 1v-76v Didascalia apostolorum
  • ff. 76-92v First epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
  • ff. 92v-93v Letter of James of Jerusalem to Quadratus
  • ff. 93v-96v Letters of Herod and Pilate 
  • ff. 96v-103v Hypomnemata of our Lord
  • ff. 103v-106v The teaching of Peter in Rome
  • ff. 107r-111v Letter of Dionysius of Athens to Timothy on the deaths of Peter and Paul
  • ff. 111v-117r Extracts from various Fathers
  • ff. 117r-120r Severus on the synods
  • ff. 120r-120v Letter that the Jews wrote to the emperor Marcion about the Synod of Chalcedon
  • ff. 120v-122v Short texts by Philoxenus
  • ff. 122v Creed of orthodox Christians
  • ff. 122v-124v Letter of John bar Shushan against Chalcedon
  • ff. 124v-126v Easy questions against the Chalcedonians
  • ff. 126v-128r Diagrams explaining theology and christology
  • ff. 128v-131v Disputation against the Nestorians
  • ff. 131v Cyril against anyone who keeps a book from a reader
  • ff. 132r-146v Prophecies of the pagan philosophers 
  • ff. 147r-148r 6 questions of Jacob of Edessa
  • ff. 148r-150v Riddles from the Old Testament
  • ff. 150v-151r Under which kings each of the prophets prophesied
  • ff. 151r-154r On the foundation of the true faith which we have received from the apostles etc.
  • ff. 154r On what the Jews wrote above the cross of Christ
  • ff. 154r-155r From the story of Peter the Iberian, that one should not give up hope of God's mercy
  • ff. 155r-157r Severus, from a letter to Thomas of Germanica on the Epistle of Jude
  • ff. 157r-160r Short sections on the eucharist, baptism, etc.
  • ff. 160r-162r On the prophets
  • ff. 162r-163r Jacob of Edessa on the seven spirits of Isaiah 11.2
  • ff. 163 r/v Ephrem on the dove that Noah sent out from the ark
  • ff. 163v-174r Answers to questions, including extracts from various Fathers
  • ff. 174v Diagram of the ten commandments
  • ff. 174v-178r Various other short sections on Old Testament exegesis
  • ff. 178r-181v Jacob of Edessa on the heavenly powers
  • ff. 181v-188v The orthodox teachers on the souls of human beings, and other short extracts
  • ff. 188v-190r Letter of Cyril of Jerusalem on the rebuilding of the temple by the Jews
  • ff. 190r-191r Extracts from Puman, John, Cyril and Basil
  • ff. 191r-201r Explanations of Ephrem on various matters from the Law
  • ff. 201r Colophon