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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
St. Thomas Syrian Catholic Church 119 Unknown Garshuni

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  • Draft of prayers and Adam's story
BnF syr. 234 1,192 CE Syriac

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  • Collection of the lives of saints, of the martyrs, and of the pious
    • f. 1r-18v History of St. Bishoy
    • f. 9-12r History of St. Macarius
    • f. 12v-29 History of St. Behnam
    • f. 29-61 History of Dioscorus
    • f. 61-62 Summary of the vision of Zosimus
    • f. 62-79 History of St. Mary the Egyptian
    • f. 80-84 History of Maximus and of Demetrius
    • f. 84-92r History of Isaiah of Aleppo
    • f. 92v- 94 History of Abraham of the high mountain
    • f. 95-103 History of Serapion
    • f. 104-127r History of John the Merciful
    • f. 127v-130r History of John the Monk of Antioch
    • f. 130v-135r Letter (Ps.-)Dionysius the Areopagite to St. Timothy about the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul
    • f. 135v-146r History of Eustathius
    • f. 146v-153r History of James Intercissus
    • f. 153v-156r History of a virgin and infant in Alexandria
    • f. 156v-164 History of Archelides of Constantinople
    • f. 165-166 History of Maria (Marina)
    • f. 167-172 History of Jacob of Nisibis (by Theodoret)
    • f. 172-186r History of Abraham Qidunaya and of his niece (attributed to Ephrem Syrus)
    • f. 186v-210r History of the image of Jesus Christ which the Jews made at Tiberius, by Deacon Philotheus
    • f. 210v-213r History of Martinianus
    • f. 213v-221r History of Euphrosinus of Alexandria
    • f. 221v-228 Essays and examples on the adherence to the day of Friday
    • f. 229-230r History of a bishop who denied Christ and afterward did penance
    • f. 230v-238r History of John Bar-Malke
    • f. 238v-260 History of Joseph and of his brothers
    • f. 261-265 Martyrdom of Mamas
    • f. 266-270r History of the martyrdom of the Himyarites of Najran
    • f. 270v-273 History of Peter the Publican
    • f. 274-280r History of Shemuni and her seven sons
    • f. 280v-287v History of Mark, the Christian merchant, and of Gaspard the Persian pagan
    • f. 288-290 History of a rich man who lost all his children and his poor neighbor
    • f. 291-292 History of the old woman of Jerusalem and her five sons
    • f. 293-294 History of Protonike, wife of Emperor Claudius and the discovery of the true cross
    • f. 295-298 History of Fausta, the virgin of Cyzicus
    • f. 299r-299v History of a virgin from Jerusalem
    • f. 299v-307v History of Euphemia and her daughter, Sophie
    • f. 308-317r History of the 40 martyrs of Sebaste
    • f. 317v-325 History of the apostles Matthew and Andrew and their preaching in the country of Beth-Kalbin
    • f. 326r-332r History of a holy man of Rome
    • f. 332v-337 Second part of the history of St. Alexei
    • f. 338-339 History of the discovery of the head of Paul
    • f. 339-344 History of a religious woman who was dwelling in a convent and was considered to be different and pure
    • f. 345 ff. Lives of the Desert Fathers
      • f. 345-376 Life of St. Anthony 
      • f. 376-416 Life of St. Macarius
      • f. 416-440r Life of St. Pachomius
      • f. 440v-443r History of a man who was living in a tree
      • f. 443v-450r History of John the Nazirite
      • f. 450v ff. History of the two brothers, Abraham and Maron
BnF syr. 235 1,200 CE Syriac

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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
BnF syr. 434 1,900 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • f. 1v-63 Collection of Catechetal Questions and Answers
  • f. 64-72 Explanations of words
  • f. 73v-79v The History of Emperor Maurice
  • f. 79v-86r History of Peter the Publican
  • f. 86v-90r The history of the penitent demon
  • f. 90v-97r Vision of Macarius on the soul after death
  • f. 97v-100v Refutation on the causes of corruption 
  • f. 100v-101r On the different readings
  • f. 101v-142v 'Abdišo' the Solitary, Mimra
  • f. 142v-176r Profitable speech 
  • f. 177v-180r Athanasius of Alexandria, Profession of Faith 
  • f. 180r-181r Profession of faith of the Twelve Apostles 
  • f. 181v-186r Rite of marriage crowning
  • f. 186v-187r Some Proverbs of Aḥiqar
  • f. 187v-189r Prayer of confession of the faith
  • f. 189r-190r Prayer for the consecration of impure water 
  • f. 190r-192v Dionysius bar Salibi, Canons
  • f. 192v-199v Canons and precepts 
  • f. 200-201r Fragments in Garshuni
  • f. 201v-205r 'Abdišo' de Gazarta
    • f. 201v-203r Mimra on the monastic life
    • f. 203r-204r Turgama on Mar Quriaqos
    • f. 204r-205r Introduction to the Gospel
  • f. 205v Final Prayer
BnF syr. 236 1,194 CE Syriac

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  • f. 1-8r History of St. Anthony
  • f. 8v-20 History of St. Macarius the Great
  • f. 21-32 History of Bishoy
  • f. 33-39r History of Shenoude
  • f. 39v-54r History of Pachomius
  • f. 54v-85 History of Ss. Maximus and Domitius
  • f. 86-111 History of Malchus, of Clysma
  • f. 112-144 History of John, son of Zebedee, by Eusebius
  • f. 145-156 History of Xenophon, of his wife, Mary and of his sons, John and Arcadius
  • f. 157-183r History of Antigone and his wife, Euphraxia, and of their daughter Euphraxia
  • f. 183v-194r History of John Calybite
  • f. 194v-236r History of Serapion
  • f. 236v-273 History of the image which the Jews made at Tiberius, by Philotheus
  • f. 274-289 History of Archelides
  • f. 290-300 Martyrdom of James Intercissus
  • f. 301-327 History of Cyriac and of his mother Juliette
  • f. 328-337r History of Zosiumus and of the Rechabites
  • f. 337v-342 History of Peter the Publican
  • f. 343-348 History of Princess Onesima
  • f. 349-350r History of a Peter of the desert
  • f. 350v-351r History of another Peter of the desert
  • f. 351v-352 History of another Peter of the desert
  • f. 353-354 History of two brothers who lived in a monastery in Persia
  • f. 355-357r History of Paphnutius the spiritual merchant
  • f. 357v-359r History of a monk who had nine virtues
  • f. 359v-360 History of Ammon
  • f. 361ff. History of a secular person of Antioch
Beinecke Syriac MS 5 1,888 CE Syriac

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  • History of Ss. Matthew and Andrew the Apostles
  • History of St. Abba Marcus of Mount Tharmaka
  • History of St. Cyriacus and Julitta
Syriac-Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo: Lives of the Saints 1,692 CE Arabic, Garshuni

Lives of the saints

Syriac-Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo: Life of Barsawma Unknown Syriac

Life of Barsawma

Syriac-Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo: Life of Mary 1,567 CE Syriac
  • Life of Mary
  • Jacob of Sarug, Memra on the death of Mary
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00012) 1,705 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • f. 1v-10r Trip to Jerusalem of 'Abd al-Aḥad the priest (Garshuni)
  • f. 10v-170v Miracles of the Virgin Mary (Garshuni)
  • f. 170v-171r Letter of the Virgin Mary to Ignatius of Antioch (Garshuni)
  • f. 171r Letter of the Virgin Mary to the people of Messina (Garshuni)
  • f. 171v Letter of the Virgin Mary to the people of Florence (Garshuni)
  • f. 172r-240v Book of the student, in which the teacher answers and explains all he is asked (Garshuni)
  • f. 241v-256r Anecdotes about priests (Garshuni)
  • f. 256r-260r Powers of the garment of Mary and the forgiveness communicated to the brothers Carmelites by its mediation (Garshuni)
  • f. 260r-264r On the Carmelites, and the scapular that the Virgin bestowed on the monks (Garshuni)
  • f. 264v-273r Al-Wardānī prayerbook (Garshuni)
  • f. 273v-289r Life of Patriarch Yawsep I, and what happened to him (Garshuni)
  • f. 289v-291v in praise of Mar Yawsep (Garshuni)
  • f. 291v-292r 'Abdīshō' of Gazarta, poems (Syriac)
  • f. 292v Poems composed in 17th century (Syriac)