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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 37 1,627 CE Garshuni, Syriac

See entry in Assemani and the entry completed by CPART

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  • f. 1v-57r Burial service, Garshuni and Syriac
  • f. 57r-69v Jacob of Edessa, Tractate on the restrictions in marriage (on the different kinds of marriages that are not lawful)
  • f. 69v-106 History of St. Jacob of Egypt, the hermit, and his associates, Garshuni
  • f. 106v-128r History of King Hermianus, and of his wife and sons, Garshuni
  • f. 128r-133v Office of the resurrection of the Lord, for Vespers, Matins and Terce
  • f. 133v-139v Shorter anaphora of St. James, the Lord's brother
  • f. 139v-141r Various canons pertaining to the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, the Eucharist, and Holy Orders, in Garshuni
  • f. 141r-152v Anaphora of the Holy Fathers, by John the Patriarch (Theodore b. Wahbun)
  • f. 152v-153r Copy of a note from a Gospel book
  • f. 153r-155v Life of John, Bishop of Mardin
  • f. 155v-156v Copy of a note from a Gospel book
  • f. 156v-168v Life of St. Abhai, Bishop of Nicea
  • f. 168v-173r Account of the death of Constantine II
  • f. 173r-176r Life of Jacob of Serugh, Bishop of Batnae, Flute of the Holy Spirit and Harp of the Church
  • f. 176r-192r Life of Acha
  • f. 192r Catalog of the works fo Dionysius bar Salibi
  • f. 192r-192v Coptic, Syriac, and Ethiopic calendars
  • f. 192v-201r Festal calendar attributed to Jacob of Edessa
  • f. 201r-201v Catalog of Eastern saints
  • f. 201v-201v Life of Moshe bar Kepha
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Vat. sir. 145 900 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani 

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  • f. 1v-22v Eliya, Letter to Leon of Harran on his Reasons for Leaving the Melkite Church
  • f. 22v-65v Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History
  • f. 65v-78v Extracts from Theodoret of Cyrrhus, Ecclesiastical History
  • f. 78v-101r Extracts from Zacharias [Rhetor], Bishop of Mytilene, Chronicle
  • f. 101v-106v Three Historical Pieces
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Vat. sir. 162 900 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani

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  • f. Ir-IIIv Modern Transcription from the Chronicle of Zuqnin
  • f. 1r-2r End of a Letter
  • f. 2v-173v Chronicle of Zuqnin
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Vat. sir. 163 540 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani

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  • f. 1r-6v The Chronicle of Edessa
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Mingana Syriac 11 1,702 CE Syriac

See the catalog entry for Mingana 11

  • f. 1v-58r I-II Chronicles
  • f. 58r-58v Susanna
  • f. 58v-61v Judith
  • f. 62v-98v The Cave of Treasures
  • f. 98v-102r The book of the questions of St. Peter or Simon Cephas on the Sacraments (Baptism and Eucharist)
  • f. 102r-104v The prayer of Ezra to God, and his vision, while in the desert with his disciple Carpus
  • f. 104v-105r Short treatise (anonymous) giving the number of years that elapsed from Adam to Christ, and from Christ to the beginning of the Kingdom of the Arabs
  • f. 105r-108r The history of the Indian Mission to the Nestorian Patriarch in the town of Jazīrat b. 'Umar, and the letter sent to him from Indian by the bishops whom he had dispatched to that country
Mingana Syriac 148 1,613 CE Syriac

See the catalog entry for Mingana 148

  • f. 1v-2v, 5, 7r-13v Moses Karkhāya (from Karkha of Pīrūz), Genealogies
  • f. 3v-4, 6r-7r A treatise containing a short history of each of the twelve Apostles and seventy disciples
  • f. 3 Names of eleven magi who brought offerings to Christ
  • f. 13v-328r New Testament (Peshitta Version, containing East Syrian Massora) 
    • f. 13v-53v Matthew
    • f. 53v-79r Mark
    • f. 79r-122v Luke
    • f. 122v-160r John
    • f. 160r-225r Acts and Catholic Epistles
    • f. 225v-327v Pauline Epistles
  • f. 328r-331v Eusebius of Caesarea, Treatise in which is the history and martyrdom of each of the twelve Apostles and each of the seventy Disciples
  • f. 332 List of the letters of the alphabet of St. Ephrem, Narsai, Simon Magus, Bardaisan, and the nine Indian letters
Vat. sir. 380 1,700 CE Syriac

Copied from Vat. sir. 145. See entry in Assemani.

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  • f. 1v-85r Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History
  • f. 85r-111v Theodoret of Cyrrhus, Extracts from Ecclesiastical History
  • f. 111v-156r Zecharias, Bishop of Mytilene, Extracts from Chronicle
  • f. 156v-165v Three Historical Pieces
    • f. 156v-160v On the arrival of the Persian king and the siege of Dara
    • f. 161r-162r On the destruction of the city of Apamea
    • f. 162r-165v On the 2000 virgins beloved by the Persian king
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Vat. sir. 497 1,900 CE Syriac

See entry in Voste

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  • f. 2v Dedicatory note
  • f. 4v-17r John bar Penkaye, From the Creation to the Flood
  • f. 17r-32r John bar Penkaye, From the Flood until the destruction of Babel by Cyrus
  • f. 32v-50r John bar Penkaye, From the end of the captivity of the Jews until Antiochus
  • f. 50v-71r John bar Penkaye, The fulfillment of prophecies, the dissolution of Alexander's Empire, and the reign of Pacorus
  • f. 71r-86v John bar Penkaye, On demons and false gods
  • f. 86v-109r John bar Penkaye, On the books of the Old Testament: their content, doctrine, value, and their points of contact with the books of the New Testament
  • f. 109r-134 John bar Penkaye, Similar considerations to those of the previous section
  • f. 134r-152r John bar Penkaye, Following the previous section
  • f. 152r-167v John bar Penkaye, On the gods among different peoples
  • f. 168r-284v John bar Penkaye, History from the New Testament period to 686 CE
  • f. 284v-285v Colophon
Vat. sir. 599 1,871 CE Syriac
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  • 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)
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Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 211 (SMMJ 00211) 1,503 CE Garshuni, Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber (St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 3-9; SMC 3-9). Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994). Baumstark 36*. Macler 16.

  • f. 1r-402v Gregorius Abū al-Faraj Barhebraeus, Secular and Ecclesiastical Chronicles (Syriac)
    • f. 1rv Introduction
    • f. 1v-241r First part of the Chronography
    • f. 242r-250v Addition to the secular history covering 1393-1492
    • f. 251r-390r The Ecclesiastical Chronicle
    • f. 390r-393v Continuation of the history by the author's brother, Barsawma
    • f. 393v-402v A continuation of the history by an anonymous writer to 1495/6
  • fol. 403r-v On the life of Gregory bar 'Ebroyo (Garshuni)

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