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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 599 1,871 CE Syriac
  • Binding
  • Copyists Note
  • f. 1r-1v Table of contents
  • f. 1v-11r Letter of Mar Aba, Catholicos Patriarch of the East to those in the Episcopal city of Seleucia 
  • f. 11r-19v  Another letter of Mar Abba on the boundary of joining of marriage
  • f. 19v-33v The Letter of Mar Isho'yahb of Gedalaya the Patriarch to Rabban Abraham
  • f. 33v-44r Letter of St. Atticus, Bishop of Constantinople to the priest, Eupesicos
  • f. 44r-50v Letter of Bishop Andrew of Samosata to Rabbula, Bishop of Urhoy [Edessa] 
  • f. 50v-51v Demonstrations from the teachers of the Church
  • f. 51v-54v St. Athanasius, From the Homily against Apollonarius; Against Theopaschites
  • f. 54v-58v A letter translated from Greek to Syriac containing the history of Mar Nestorius
  • f. 58v-63r Excerpted words from the Holy Gregory the Theologian against the heretics, the Theopaschites and those who deny the duality of the natures of the Messiah, our Lord, and our God
  • f. 63r-66r St. John Chrysostom, On the Passion
  • f. 66r-78v Histories of the death of Hormizd, the son of Khosrau and unto the end of the kingdom of the Persians
  • f. 78v-79v The statement of faith the Bishops of Persia brought to king Khosrau
  • f. 80r-80v Two letters of Barsawma of Nisibis to Acacius
  • f. 80v-83v The canons written by Rabban Mar Abraham the Abbot of the brethren of the monastery on the mountain of Izla
  • f. 83v-87r The canons of Rabban Dadisho' about the monaster of 'Ahid
  • f. 87r-97v The canons of the holy school of the city of Nisibis
  • f. 97v-111r The decisions which were made by the blessed of God, Mar Hannanisho' the Catholicos, Patriarch of the East
  • f. 111r-136r The arrangements of ecclesiastical decisions of Mar Timothy I, Catholicos
  • f. 136r-155v The canons and decisions of Mar Isho' bar Nun
  • f.155v-175v The laws and canons of marriage and inheritances of the excellent Mar 'Abdisho', magistrate of Assyria
  • f. 175v-190r Various chapters of the ecclesiastical decisions of the excellent Simon, the magistrate of Revardashir
  • f. 190r-250v The book about the decisions of Mar Isho'bokht, the Metropolitan of Persia  
  • f. 250v-262v Laws and decisions set down by Christian kings
  • f. 262v-294r Canon of the judgments of Constantine, Theodosius, and Leo: another translation outside of the writings above, and also the canons which are beyond these and chapters of oath 
  • f. 294r-305r Secular laws of the Romans of Ambrosius the confessor
  • f. 305v-306r Table of Contents (Syriac)
  • Binding
Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 248 (SMMJ 00248) 1,475 CE Garshuni, Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber ([Macomber A]; [Macomber B]) (St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-13; SMC 2-13). Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • Part A (20th Century) (Garshuni, Syriac)
    • Syrian Orthodox collection of miscellaneous liturgical pieces
      • f. 1r-2r Rite for the reconciliation of a penitent sinner
      • f. 2v-3v Order of the prayers of the hymns of the canon
      • f. 3v-4v Acrostic alphabetic hymn without title
      • f. 4v-5r A song on drinking; It is sung on the alphabet
  • ​​Part B (1474/5 CE) (Garshuni, Syriac)
    • Syrian Orthodox collection of miscellaneous liturgical pieces
      • f. 1r-42r Miscellaneous Liturgical Pieces
        • f. 1r-9r Shumlaya that the deacon proclaims in the offering of the Eucharist according to the modern revision of Melitene. This is a diaconal for the Mass.
        • f. 9r-10r Communion hymns for the Thursday of the Mysteries
        • f. 1r-23r Prayers, proemia, sedre, 'etre, and huttame that are learned by heart by a new priest when he is ordained.
          • f. 10r-11r Order of the Mother of God
          • f. 11r-12r Order of the Apostles
          • f. 12r-13r Order of the martyrs
          • f. 13r-14r Order of the Patron Saint
          • f. 14r-15r Communion order
          • f. 15r-16r Order of penitance
          • f. 16v-17v Order of the departed
          • f. 17v-19r Oder of the Cross
          • f. 19rv Order of the Resurrection
          • f. 19v-20r Order of Vespers
          • f. 20r-21r Order of Compline
          • f. 21r-22r Order of the night office
          • f. 22r-23r Order of Matins
          • f. 23rv Huttame of the other offices
        • f. 26r-32v Ordinary of the mass
        • f. 32v-33r Prayer for blessing of bread. A table grace.
        • f. 33r-39v Prayers of every kind
          • f. 33r-34r Prayers of vespers
          • f. 34r-35r Prayers of the "hymns of the Greek canon"
          • f. 35r-38v Miscellaneous prayers
          • f. 38v-39v Table prayers (Garshuni)
        • f. 39v-42r Two rhymed homilies for feasts (in Garshuni)
          • f. 39v-40v Homily on the feast of the Nativity
          • f. 40v-42r Homily on the Epiphany
        • f. 42r-45r Two questions of the Fathers
          • f. 42r Question that Bishop Severus asked of Bishop Jacob of Edessa: "How is God above all and below all, inside all and outside all and in all?"
          • f. 42v-45r Bishop John (?), Question concerning the dead after burial while he is doing penance (Garshuni)
        • f. 45v-48v Miracle that our Lady Mary, the Mother of God, worked
        • f. 48v A few epigrams
        • f. 49r-58r Four more rhymed homilies
          • f. 49r-52r Turjām of the blessed Fast
          • f. 52r-54r A pretty homily on the venerable crucifixion
          • f. 54r-56r Turjām of Ninevah and lections (?) of the prophet Jonah. A single rhymed composition
          • f. 56v-58r Turjām on the Resurrection
        • f. 58rv Two prayers: One for the patriarch and one for the sultan
        • f. 59r-61r Another rhymed homily: Turjām on the Dormition of our Lady the Virgin Mary
        • f. 61v-69r
        • f. 69v-73v Homily delivered by St. Jacob which he delivered on the thief of the right hand; read on the Friday of the Crucifixion
        • f. 73v-88v An abridged discouse on the true faith and on the hymns of the spiritual Church.
        • f. 89r-96r The questions of St. Basil and St. Gregory
        • f. 96r-112r Ten questions concerning which a certain disciple asked his master
          • f. 96rv Contents
          • f. 96v-112r Text
        • f. 112r-118r Homily delivered by Bishop Gregory (Pseudo-Gregory Nazianzus), on the destruction of this world and the departure of the soul from the body
    • f. 118v-148r The Apocalypse of Paul (Garshuni)
      • f. 148v Beginning of an unidentified item
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
Trichur, India, Chaldean Syrian Church 00008 1,828 CE Neo-Aramaic, Syriac
  • fol. [1]v-20r Book of Seven prayers (Syriac)
    • Title NS: ܟܬܒܐ ܕܫܒܥ ܨܠܘ̈ܢ
  • fol. 21v-171v Catholic Prayer Book (Neo-Aramaic, Syriac)
    • Includes chapters of prayer from the book of Gregory (ܪ̈ܫܐ ܕܨܠܘ܊ ܡ̣ܢ ܟܬܒܗ ܕܓܪܝܓܘܪܝܘܣ), fol. 21v-92r; nine prayers attributed to St. Ephrem the Syrian (ܨܠܘܬܐ ܐܦܪܡܝܬܐ), fol. 103r-121r