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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 100 932 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani

  • Binding
  • f. 1r-80r John of Dara, On the Resurrection of the Body
  • f. 80r-92v John of Dara, On the Celestial Heirarchy
  • f. 92v-115v John of Dara, Commentary on Dionysius the Areopagite, Ecclesiastical Heirarchy
  • f. 115v-137r John of Dara, On the Priesthood
  • f. 137v Colophon
  • Binding
Vat. sir. 107 700 CE Syriac

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  • Binding
  • f. 1r-7v John, Bishop of Constantinople, Memra on that which is said by the prophet Jeremiah: "Lord, his way is not in the hand of man."
  • f. 7v-14v John, Bishop of Constantinople, On those who receive the seal of baptism
  • f. 15r-20v John, Bishop of Constantinople, Memra on the same subject
  • f. 20v-28v John, Bishop of Constantinople, On that which the apostle said: "A man has his wife through fornication."
  • f. 28v-32v John, Bishop of Constantinople, Memra on "If your brother sins against you, deal with it between you and him."
  • f. 32v-54v [Contents unclear]
  • f. 54v-56r John, Bishop of Constantinople, Description of the passion of our Lord
  • f. 56v-59r Jacob of Sarug, Letter to Stephen Bar-Sudayli
  • f. 59r-62v Philoxenus, Bishop of Hierapolis, Letter to Abraham on Stephen Bar-Sudali
  • f. 63r-64r St. Cyril, Letter to Rabbula the bishop
  • f. 64r St. Cyril, fragments of a letter, written in the synod of the Ephesian fathers to Nestorius
  • f. 64v-65r Letter of Paphnut to Moses Aghelesem/Aglaya
  • f. 65r-66r Moses Aghelensis, response to the letter of Paphnut
  • f. 66r-70v St. Cyril the Patriarch of Alexandria, On Creation Glaphyrorum
  • f. 71r-71v Apostolic canons
  • f. 71v-72r Apostolic constitution by Hippolytus
  • f. 72r-72v On the first fruits and tithing
  • f. 72v-76v Maxims of Paul the apostle
  • f. 76v-79v Ecclesiastical constitutions
  • f. 80r-113v Dionysius the Areopagite, Celestial hierarchy, Ecclesiastical hierarchy, on divine names, mysstical theology, with an anonymous Syriac commentary
  • f. 114r-134v Peter of Callinicum, Against Damian
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Vat. sir. 123 700 CE Syriac

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  • f. 1r-115v Gregory of Cyprus, Sermons
  • f. 115v-172v John the Solitary, Sermons
  • f. 172v-185r Abraham of Nathpar, Sermons
  • f. 185r-198v Selections from the Liber Graduum
  • f. 198v-205r Dionysius the Areopagite, Epistle to Timothy on the Martyrs Peter and Paul
  • f. 205r-207v John the Solitary, Sayings
  • f. 207v-241v Apothegmata Patrum
  • f. 241v-246r St. Anthony, Letters to the Brothers
  • f. 246r-255r Teachings of the Egyptian Fathers
  • f. 255r-256v Questions and Answers
  • f. 256v-294v History of the Egyptian Fathers
  • f. 295r-303v John the Solitary, Sermons
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Vat. sir. 254 900 CE Syriac

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  • f. 1r-41r Dionysius the Aereopagite, Treatise on the Divine Names, with commentary from an unknown Syriac author
    • f. 1r End of Chapter Three
    • f. 1r-14r Chapter Four
    • f. 14r-20v Chapter Five
    • f. 20v-21v Chapter Six
    • f. 21v-25v Chapter Seven
    • f. 25v-29v Chapter Eight
    • f. 29r-33r Chapter Nine
    • f. 33r-35r Chapter Ten
    • f. 35r-38r Chapter Eleven
    • f. 38r-39r Chapter Twelve
    • f. 39r-41v Chapter Thirteen


Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 42 (SMMJ 00042) 1,500 CE Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber. Title: "Volume of the names and readings of the Old and New Testaments according to the tradition of [the monastery of] Qarqapta." (St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 1-5; SMC 1-5); See entry in Baumstark 1*. Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • pp. 2-153 Old Testament (Syriac Masorah)
    • pp. 2-12 Genesis
    • pp. 12-18 Exodus
    • pp. 18-22 Leviticus
    • pp. 22-29 Numbers
    • pp. 29-35 Deuteronomy
    • pp. 35-41 Joshua
    • pp. 41-45 Judges
    • pp. 45-53 Job
    • pp. 53-64 I and II Samuel
    • pp. 64-74 I and II Kings
    • pp. 74-86 Psalms
    • pp. 86-91 Proverbs
    • pp. 91-96 Wisdom
    • pp. 96-98 Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth)
    • pp. 98-100 Song of Songs
    • pp. 100-111 Isaiah
    • pp. 111-119 Twelve minor Prophets
    • pp. 119-133 Books of Jeremiah
      • pp. 119-129 Jeremiah
      • pp. 129-131 Lamentations of Jeremiah
      • pp. 131 Prayer of Jeremiah
      • pp. 131-132 First Baruch
      • p. 132 Second Baruch
      • pp. 132-133 Epistle of Jeremiah
    • pp. 133-141 Ezekiel
    • pp. 141-146 Daniel
      • pp. 141-144 Prophecy of Daniel
      • pp. 144-145 Bel and the Dragon
      • pp. 145-146 Susanna
    • pp. 146-153 Ben Sirach
  • pp. 153-200 New Testament (Peshitta)
    • pp. 153-160 Acts
    • pp. 160-162 Catholic Epistles (only James, 1 Peter, and 1 John)
    • pp. 162-175 Pauline Epistles
    • pp. 176-185 Matthew
    • pp. 185-189 Mark
    • pp. 189-196 Luke
    • pp. 196-200 John
  • pp. 201-214v Names and readings of the New Testament according to the tradition of Thomas of Harkel
    • pp. 201-204 Acts
    • pp. 204-209 Pauline Epistles
    • pp. 209-214 Gospels
  • pp. 215-263 Names and readings of the Orthodox Doctors
    • p. 215 (Pseudo-) Dionysius the Areopagite
    • pp. 216-219 St. Basil
    • pp. 219-247 St. Gregory the Theologian (Nazianzus)
    • pp. 247-249 Letters of Basil and Gregory
    • pp. 249-263 Severus of Antioch
  • p. 263 The names that are in the Revelation according to John, the evangelist and apostle
  • pp. 263-267 Letter of St. Jacob, Bishop of Edessa, concerning the dots
  • pp. 267-272 Letter of St. Jacob, Bishop of Edessa to George, Bishop of Sarug
  • pp. 272-283 Names and readings of Epiphanius
  • pp. 284-292 Interpretations of the Hebrew words and of other peoples that are included in the books of the holy prophets which have been gathered with great diligence from the tradition of the Seventy-Two Translators and from the revision of Jacob of Edessa
  • pp. 292-296 Rabban Yohannan (called Beth-Qaddishe, disciple of Maron), Discourse on the Incarnation in view of the orthodox faith of the holy Fathers
BnF syr. 235 1,200 CE Syriac

See catalog entry here

Collection of Saints' Lives

  • f. 1r-2 History and preaching of St. John the Evangelist at Ephesus
  • f. 3-12r History (attributed to St. Ephrem) of Abraham Qidunaya and his niece
  • f. 12v-15 History of the man of God (St. Alexei) who died at Edessa in the time of Bishop Mar Rabbula
  • f. 16-18 Second part of the history of St. Alexei
  • f. 19-24 History of Bishop Paul and of the priest, John
  • f. 25v-31 History of Julian Saba (by Theodoret)
  • f. 32-51r History of Maximus and Domitius, by Abba Bishoy
  • f. 51v-55r Letter of St. Dionysius the Areopagite to St. Timothy
  • f. 55v-60r History of the preaching of the apostle Philip at Carthage
  • f. 60v-66 History of Archelides of Constantinople
  • f. 67-73r History of a saint (attributed in one copy to St. John Chrysostom)
  • f. 80v-81 History of a solitary who was living on a tree 
  • f. 82-84r History of Martinianus
  • f. 84v-91r Vision of Zosimus
  • f. 91v-124 History of John the younger (translated from Arabic?)
  • f. 125-142r History of Ephrem Syrus
  • f. 142v-143r History of Dioscorus, the priest (by Palladius)
  • f. 143v-146 Histor of Jacob the Lame
  • f. 147-160r History of Hanania, addressed to Philotheus, by Jacob of Sarug
  • f. 160v-174 History of Daniel, the anchorite of Galash, by Jacob of Sarug
  • f. 175-204r History of Serapion
  • f. 204v-209r History of Andronicus and of Athanasius, his wife, from Antioch
  • f. 209v-230r History of Antigonus and his wife Euphraxia and their daughter, Euphraxia
  • f. 230v-242r History of St. Onesima, the princess
  • f. 242v-250r History of Euphrosina
  • f. 250v-251r History of a virgin from Jerusalem 
  • f. 251v-260r History of Domitius the doctor
  • f. 260v-264 History of Dionysius the Aereopagite
  • f. 265-274 History of Mark the Christian merchant of Antioch, and of the pagan Gaspard from a country of the east
  • f. 275v-312r History of John the chaplain, patriarch of Alexandria
  • f. 312v-315r History of Moses the Ethiopian
  • f. 315v-325 History of Jacob Burd'oyo, Bishop of Edessa, by John of Ephesus
  • f. 326-335 History of the seven sleepers of Ephesus
  • f. 336v ff Martyrdom of St. Barbara and of St. Julienne
Sinai Syr. 52 600 CE Syriac

See entry in Lewis

  • The works of Dionysius the Areopagite
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 124 (SMMJ 00124) 900 CE Syriac

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

  • Pages 1-11 Selections from philosophers
  • Pages 11-13 Paul, the Persian (6th century), Letter to Demetrius
  • Pages 13-50 Explanation of difficult words in the writings of Dionysius, Bishop of Athens
  • Pages 51-63 Story of Severus of Antioch
  • Pages 63-106 Commentary on Severus of Antioch's treatise against the impious grammarian
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 125 (SMMJ 00125) 1,600 CE Garshuni, Syriac

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

  • fol. 1r Sergius of Resh'ayna, Introduction to the Dionysian corpus
  • fol. 1v-2r List of books at the church of Mary
    • Title NS: ܡܢܝܢܐ ܟܬ̈ܒܐ ܕܥܕܬܐ ܕܝܠܕܬ ܐܠܗܐ ܡܪܝܡ ܕܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ
  • fol. 2v-7v Apology for the Dionysian Corpus (Attributed to George of Scythopolis)
  • fol. 8r-65r Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Ecclesiastical hierarchy
    • Title NS: ܡܐܡܪܐ ܕܬܪܝܢ ܠܘܬ ܛܝܡܘܬܐܘܣ ܐܦܝܣ̄ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ ܥܠ ܪܝܫܘܬ ܟܗܢܘܬܐ ܥܕܬܢܝܬܐ ܕܐܝܬ ܒܗ ܩ̈ܦܠܐܐ ܫܒܥܐܐ
  • fol. 65r-87v Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Epistles