Digitized Manuscripts: Faceted Search

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This table searches all collections of Syriac and Garshuni manuscripts that are freely available online by key terms. Click any of the categorized menu items to narrow down your search. If you would like to sort the manuscripts by shelf-mark or date, or search by general keyword, see our other table here, which includes all the same manuscript data.

*The Approximate Date column is derived from the best available information for the manuscript. This is not asserted as a scholarly position on the dating of the manuscript. Instead, it is merely used here for the convenience of being able to sort all manuscripts by numerical date. The user should keep in mind that there may be considerable debate over the precise dating of the manuscript and should consult the manuscript repository and relevant scholarly literature for details.

Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Borg. sir. 128 1,720 CE Syriac

A more detailed description can be found on the following page: Kristian S. Heal, “Vatican Borgia Syriac 128: A New Description,” entry published March 31, 2014, cpart.byu.edu: The Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, Brigham Young University.

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  • f. 1r-67v History of Mary
  • f. 67v-71v Jacob of Sarug, Memra on the Burial of Mary, Bearer of God
  • f. 71v-78v Jacob of Sarug, Memra on Mary, Bearer of God
  • f. 78v-99r Anonymous, Memra on the Holy Bearer of God
  • f. 99r-104v Anonymous, Another memra on the Feast of the Ears of Wheat and on the Praises of Mary, Bearer of God
  • f. 104v Note
  • f. 104v-111r Timothy of Gargar, Memra on the departure of Mary, Bearer of God
  • f. 111r Note
  • f. 111r-112r Anonymous, A Miracle Worked by Mary at Apamea
  • f. 112r-129r Jacob of Sarug, On the Martyrdom of Behnam and his Companions I
  • f. 129r-151v Jacob of Sarug, On the Martyrdom of Behnam and his Companions II
  • f. 151v Colophon
  • f. 152r-159r Jacob of Sarug, On Simeon the Stylite
  • f. 159r-170v Jacob of Sarug, On the Maccabean Martyrs Shmuni and her Children
  • f. 170v-175v Jacob of Sarug, on Mor Sharbel
  • f. 175v Note
  • f. 176r-181v Jacob of Sarug, On the Last Judgment and Gehenna
  • f. 181v Note
  • f. 181v-184v Ephrem Syrus, On Humility
  • f. 184v-185v [An Acrostic] On Pity in the Metre of Mor Jacob
  • f. 185v-188v Ephrem Syrus, On Job
  • f. 188v-193v Jacob of Sarug, On the Discovery of the Cross
  • f. 193v-199r Jacob of Sarug, Memra in Praise of John the Baptist
  • f. 199v Colophon
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Borg. sir. 137 1,666 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Roll of parchment with surrounding miniatures. In the center is a hymn in Syriac for Palm Sunday. (see entry in Scher)

Borg. sir. 147 1,400 CE Syriac

See entry in Scher

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  • f. 3v-9v Index of Lectionary Readings
  • f. 10r-10v Index of Sections in Matthew
  • f. 11v-47r Gospel of Matthew
  • f. 47r Index of sections in Mark
  • f. 69r Index of Sections in Luke
  • f. 69v-107v Gospel of Luke
  • f. 107v Index of Sections in Luke
  • f. 108r-132r Gospel of John 
  • f. 132v-170r Acts
  • f. 170r-171r Cause of the Book of Acts
  • f. 171v-174v Epistle of James
  • f. 175r-179r First Epistle of Peter
  • f. 179v-182r Second Epistle of Peter
  • f. 182r-186r First Epistle of John
  • f. 186r-187r Second Epistle of John
  • f. 187r-188v Epistle of Jude
  • f. 189r On Paul
  • f. 189v-274r Epistles of Paul
  • f. 274v Colophon
  • f. 275v-289r Jacob of Edessa, Letter
  • f. 289v-302r Monastic Anthology
  • f. 302v-303v Notes
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Borg. sir. 160 1,400 CE Syriac

Peshitta New Testament; see entry in Scher

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  • f. 1r-17v Acts 20:37-end
  • f. 18r-23v James
  • f. 23v-29v 1 Peter
  • f. 30r-35r 1 John
  • f. 35v-36r Notes
  • f. 36v-40r Table of Lectionary Readings
  • f. 40v-71v Romans
  • f. 72r-85r 1 Corinthians
  • f. 85r-99r 2 Corinthians
  • f. 99v-107r Galatians
  • f. 107v-115r Ephesians
  • f. 115r-120v Philippians
  • f. 120v-125v Colossians
  • f. 126r-130v 1 Thessalonians
  • f. 130v-133r 2 Thessalonians
  • f. 133v-139v 1 Timothy
  • f. 139v-143v 2 Timothy
  • f. 143-157v [Fragments of Titus, Philemon]
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Borg. sir. 163 Unknown Garshuni, Syriac

Episcopal ceremonies (See entry in Scher)

Borg. sir. 169 1,576 CE Syriac

See entry in Scher

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  • f. 2v-135r Peshitta Gospel Lectionary
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Borg. sir. 10 Unknown Syriac

Homilies of the Fathers: Catalog entry link

  • Eleven homilies of Isaac of Antioch, Jacob of Sarug, Isaac of Ninevah, and of St. Ephrem on the ascetic life and on the incarnation
  • A Memra composed by a certain bishop on the seven climates of the earth and on the variations of the climates
  • Canons of the Holy Fathers on the Christian life, on the liturgy, and on the sacrifice
Borg. sir. 13 1,400 CE Syriac

Catalog entry here

  • Liturgy of st. John Chrysostom
  • Liturgy of St. Basil
  • Prayers on the grain
  • Lections from the gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul for every day of the week
  • Rite of baptism
  • Prayers for evening and morning for the Sunday feasts
  • Rite the tonsure of monks
  • Office for Burial 
  • Office for the Dominical feasts
  • Office of Holy Thursday, of Holy Saturday, and of Pentecost
  • Various prayers
Borg. sir. 27 1,700 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Apology of the Christian religion by Jacob al-Kindi (Jacob was a Muslim, but the Jacobite copyist interpolated the work so as to attribute it to one of his co-religionists)
Borg. sir. 33 1,400 CE Syriac

​Catalog entry here

  • f. 2-31 Poem of Gabriel Qamṣa on Sabrisho', founder of the monastery of Beth-Qoqa
  • f. 32-81 Seventeen hymns of Khamis bar Qardahe on various subjects
  • f. 82-108 Six hymns of Giwargis Warda on the rogations
  • f. 109-115 Hymns of Mari bar Mšiḥaya on the Warda and on Solomon of Bastra on penitence
  • f. 116-137 Hymns of Khamis bar Qardahe on the feasts of our Lord and on Isho'sabran
  • f. 138-146 Poem of the priest, Isḥāq Shbadnāyā, on St. George
  • f. 147ff. Various hymns, homilies, and chants of Khamis on the cross, on providence, love and wine