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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00340) 1,700 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • f. 3r-26r Basil of Caesarea, Homily on Easter, Good Friday, and on the departure of the soul from the body
  • f. 27r-28r Collection of Proverbs
  • f. 28v-30v Chronological calculations
  • f. 32v-68v Life of St. Gregory
  • f. 68v-74r Story of Susanna
  • f. 74v-80r Miracles of the Virgin Mary
  • f. 80v-81r Ephrem Syrus, Homily 
  • f. 81v-87r John Chrysostom, On Repentance
  • f. 87v-95v Moses' conversation on Mt. Sinai
  • f. 97r-100v Life of Mar Isaac
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00344) 1,600 CE Garshuni
  • f. 2r-3v Homily
  • f. 3r-5v John Chrysostom, Homily on the denial of Peter
  • f. 6r-11r John Chrysostom, Homily on Great Lent
  • f. 11r-17v John Chrysostom, On repentance and love
  • f. 17v-22v Ephrem Syrus, Homily on repentance and the soul
  • f. 22v-31r John Chrysostom, commentary on the sixth Psalm
  • f. 31v-37r Jacob of Sarug, Homily on the Holy Mysteries, Confession, and Repentance
  • f. 37v-43v John Chrysostom, On Repentance and the rebuke of the soul
  • f. 43v-48v Ephrem Syrus, Homily on the end and the punishment of the world
  • f. 48v-60v Basil, Bishop of Caesarea, Homily on repentance, on the poor Lazarus and the rich man
  • f. 60v-69r John Chrysostom, Homily on the first day of creation
  • f. 69r-75r Jacob of Sarug, Homily on repentance and baptism
  • f. 75v-79v Gregory Nazianzus, Homily on the Nativity of our Lord
  • f. 79v-95v John Chrysostom, Homily on the ten virgins
  • f. 85v-91r John Chrysostom, Homily on Abraham and Isaac, when he took his son to sacrifice him
  • f. 91r-105v John Chrysostom, Homily on Judas' betrayal of Christ
  • f. 106r-114r John Chrysostom, Homily on the Lord's words "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass by me"
  • f. 114v-121v Book of the paradise. Chapter 1. "On the love of the near ones"
  • f. 122v-127r Great miracle of the Virgin Mary that occured in the days of Caliph al-Mamun in Baghdad
Sachau 165; Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin 201 1,300 CE Syriac

See entry for Sachau 165

  • Lives and sayings for famous ascetics and church Fathers
    • f. 1-8v Biographical notes about church fathers and Citations of their works
    • f. 8v, 13-25 fragments of a writing about the monastic call
    • f. 9r-9v, 17 fragments of a legend of St. Pior (Identified with Lausaic history ch. 87)
    • f. 9v-12v Admonition of the Apostle Peter
    • f. 12v-16v From the legend of Abba Bishoi about the Isaac who became a Jew
    • f. 16v-18v part of the life of Alexander of Rome
    • f. 18r-19r Patristic citations
    • f. 19r-22r Conversation between teachers and students
    • f. 23r-26v Legends
    • f. 27r-32v Biographical notes about the prophets of the Old Testament
    • f. 32v-36v Notes on the New Testament
Diyarbakir, Turkey Meryem Ana Kilisesi 242; 7/13; 279 (DIYR 00242) 1,707 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Homily
  • John Chrysostom, On repentance
  • On repentance
  • Story of the Forty Martyrs
  • On repentance
  • John Chrysostom, On mercy
  • Ephrem Syrus, On repentance
  • Homily on the Holy Lent that is recited every day in the church
  • George, Bishop of the Arabs, Homily on Dying, the world and the soul's exit from the body
  • Story of St. Gregory
  • Basil, Bishop of Caesarea, About a swimmer in springs and streams
  • Moses' conversation on Mt. Sinai
  • Letter that fell from heaven
  • Story of John of the Golden Gospel
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on repentance that is recited during the days of the Lent
  • Story of St. Gregory
  • Martyrdom of Barbara and Juliana
  • Story of righteous Job
  • Story of Anba Cyrus
  • Story of St. Michael
Borg. sir. 39 1,600 CE Syriac

See catalog entry here

  • History of Daniel the doctor
  • Abba Arsenius, the king of Egypt
  • St. George the Martyr
  • John of Daylom
  • History of Isaiah of Aleppo
  • Story of a penitent demon
  • Story of a religious saint
  • Story of Abba Moses
  • Story of Paul the Simple
  • Story of a child killed by its mother
  • Story of a pious virgin
  • Portion of Paradise of the Fathers
  • Edifying history of a king in the first centuries
  • Legend of the Rechabites recounted by Zosimus
  • History of St. Juliana
  • Wonders which were done in the great cities, on the sea and on the isles
  • Certain fables of Aesop
  • Apocalypse of Paul
  • Riddles
  • Questions of Basil to his brother
  • Extracts from the Book of Isho'bokht, the metropolotan, On Creation
  • History of Yareth
  • On Malcus of Clysma
  • On Jacob Intercissus
  • On Cyprian and Justa, virgins
  • On Sergius and Bacchus, martyrs
  • On Mar Benjamin
  • On the countries of Beith Nuhadra
  • On St. Martinianus
  • On St. Paphnutius
  • The spiritual transaction
  • History of Rabban Hormizd, composed by Rabban Simeon
  • Legend of Mar Zai'a
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Vat. sir. 126 pt. 2 1,253 CE Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

pp. 397-end (Begins with Abba Isaiah the Monk)

  • 'Enanisho', Paradise of the Fathers
    • Book 1: Palladius, Bishop of Heleopolis
    • Book 2: Palladius (Begins in this section)
    • ​Lives of the Fathers according to St. Jerome
    • Book 4: Apophthegmata Patrum 
    • Doctrine and Admonitions of the Fathers on the monastic institution
    • Abba Evagrius, Sermons
    • Abba Anthony, Letters to the monastic brothers 
    • St. Macarius of Egypt, sermons
    • St. Macarius of Egypt, epistles
    • St. Macarius the Alexandrian, Sermons
    • Abraham Nathpar, sermons
    • Ammon the monk and Bishop of Oxyrinchus, letters
    • St. Xystus of Rome, sermons
    • John of Dalyatha, sermons
    • Gregory the Monk on the isle of Cyprus, sermons
    • John of Thebes, sermons
    • St. Basil the Great, Monstaic institutions, Questions and answers from the brethren
      • Letter to his brother Gregory of Nyssa
      • Paranaetic Chapter
      • Ascetic Chatper
    • Jacob of Sarug, letter on the ascetic way
      • Letter to an abbot on the soul
      • Letter about the virtuous men
    • Philoxenus of Mabbug, on the one whose desire is changed toward refraining from the priesthood
      • Letter to the monks of Amid
    • St. Ephrem, sermon
    • St. Mark the hermit, paranaetic sermon
Vat. sir. 202 1,682 CE Garshuni

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Lives of saints and treatises on theological topics
Vat. sir. 368 800 CE Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Gregory of Nyssa, On the Nativity
  • Proclus of Constantinople, On the Nativity
  • Proclus of Constantinople, On the commemoration of St. Stephen
  • Basil the Great, On Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord
  • John Chrysostom, On Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord
  • John Chrysostom, On the temptation of our Lord by Satan
  • Amphicolus, on the Manifestation of the Lord
  • Proclus of Constantinople, On the week before the 40-day fast
  • John Chrysostom, On the Sacred 40-day fast
  • John Chrysostom, On the ten Virgins
  • Basil the great, On the holy 40 martyrs of Sebaste
  • Basil the great, On the 40 martyrs
  • John Chrysostom, On the annunciation
  • John Chrysostom, On Lazarus, whom the Lord raised
  • John Chrysostom, On Palm sunday
  • John Chrysostom, On the 40-day fast
  • John Chrysostom, On Zaccheus the publican
  • John Chrysostom, On the sinful woman
  • John Chrysostom, On the treason of Judas
  • John Chrysostom, On the Lord's passion
  • Alexander of Alexandria, On the spirit and flesh
  • John Chrysostom, On the cross and on the thief of the right
  • John Chrysostom, On Holy Week
  • Gregory of Nyssa, On Pascha
  • Gregory Nazianzus, On Pascha
  • John Chrysostom, On St. Thomas the apostle and against the Arians
  • John Chrysostom, On the ascension of the Lord
  • John Chrysostom, Another on the ascension of the Lord
  • John Chrysostom, On Pentecost
  • John Chrysostom, On the Holy Apostles
  • John Chrysostom, Against Eudoxius
  • John Chrysostom, Why Sunday is honored
  • Alexander of Alexandria, On the Lord's Day
  • John Chrysostom, On the praise of martyrs
  • John Chrysostom, another on the praise of martyrs
  • John Chrysostom, On the departed
  • John Chrysostom, On St. Paul the Apostle
  • Proclus of Constantinople, On St. Clement the martyr
  • John Chrysostom, On the dance of Herodias
  • John Chrysostom, On the Psalm "I will guard my life so that I do not sin with my tongue"
  • Isaac the Doctor, On the Incarnation
  • Isaac the Doctor, On faith and against the heretics Nestorius and Eutyches
  • Isaac the Doctor, Another on faith
  • John Chrysostom, On the Prodigal Son
  • John Chrysostom, Another on the Prodigal Son
  • John Chrysostom, A Third on the Prodigal Son
  • John Chrysostom, On the tree cursed by Christ
  • John Chrysostom, On charity
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 169 (SMMJ 00169) 1,781 CE Garshuni, Syriac

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

  • fol. 1r-135v Homilies (Syriac, Garshuni)
    • Includes homilies by Michael the Syrian, John Chrysostom, Ephrem of Nisibis, Jacob of Serugh, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Caesarea, and Epiphanius of Constantia in Cyprus
  • fol. 136v-145r Story of Saint Michael in Dayr al-Samaka at the gate of Mardin (Garshuni)
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