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
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (C6: n167-n174) Unknown Sogdian, Syriac
  • Story of Mar Eugene (Awgen)
  • On the Ascetic Life
  • Unidentified text
  • Martyrdom of St. Tarbo 
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (C14: n179-n189) 1,895 CE Sogdian, Syriac
  • Discovery of the True Cross
  • The Legend of Barshabbā
  • Prayer text; Beginning of the Discovery of the True Cross
  • Martyrdom of Sergius and Bacchus
  • Unidentified
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (C22: n193-n199) Unknown Sogdian
  • The Book of Daniel
  • Homily on the Fast
  • Simon fragment
  • Martyrdom of Cyriacus and Julitta
  • Text about the Apostles
Diyarbakir, Turkey Meryem Ana Kilisesi 135; 241 (DIYR 00241) 1,907 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Readings from the Gospels and Pauline Epistles
  • Jacob of Sarug, on the Destruction of Amid
  • The Life of Ephrem
  • Book of the Fox
  • Summary of the Garden of the Monks
  • Testimonies on behalf of the old Syrians concerning the faith in Christ
Diyarbakir, Turkey Meryem Ana Kilisesi 242; 7/13; 279 (DIYR 00242) 1,707 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Homily
  • John Chrysostom, On repentance
  • On repentance
  • Story of the Forty Martyrs
  • On repentance
  • John Chrysostom, On mercy
  • Ephrem Syrus, On repentance
  • Homily on the Holy Lent that is recited every day in the church
  • George, Bishop of the Arabs, Homily on Dying, the world and the soul's exit from the body
  • Story of St. Gregory
  • Basil, Bishop of Caesarea, About a swimmer in springs and streams
  • Moses' conversation on Mt. Sinai
  • Letter that fell from heaven
  • Story of John of the Golden Gospel
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on repentance that is recited during the days of the Lent
  • Story of St. Gregory
  • Martyrdom of Barbara and Juliana
  • Story of righteous Job
  • Story of Anba Cyrus
  • Story of St. Michael
Diyarbakir, Turkey Meryem Ana Kilisesi 243 (DIYR 00243) 1,619 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Story of John the Baptist
  • Admonition to the believers
Harvard MS Syr 36 1,500 CE Syriac

Catalog Entry

  • 1. Part of the story of Bar Sauma (ff. 1-9, 82-117, the leaves being disordered)
  • 2. 1 Thes. 4:12-18 and John 5:24-9, from a lectionary (f. 11)
  • 3. Part of the History of the Virgin (10, 12-61r; disordered, and with one leaf missing)
  • 4. Memra of Jacob on the passing, that is the obsequies, of the Virgin (61v-69r)
  • 5. Another memra on Mary and Joseph and the envy of the Jews, in the meter of Mar Ephrem (69r-78v)
  • 6. A wonder done by the Virgin Mary (78v-81; breaking off before the end).
  • 7. F. 10v has a geometric design incorporating a prayer
Harvard MS Syr 38 1,448 CE Arabic, Syriac

Catalog Entry

  • 1. Story of Mar Shaliṭa (ff. 83r-111v; beginning in the middle of chapter 4)
  • 2. The triumph, that is a small part of the story of Mar Aksenaya who is Mar Philoxenus (111v-121v)
  • 3. Story of the chosen apostle Mar Thoma who evangelized India (122r-174r)
  • 4. Triumph of Mar Yoḥanan Daylamaya whose monastery is in Persia near the city of Reʼgan (175r-186v)
  • 5. Story of Mar Eulogios of the lion (ʼAryaya) from the company of Mar Awgen (187r-236v)
  • 6. Story of Mar Yoḥanan of Kpane which is above the town of Zaʼz (236v; breaking off after this leaf).
Harvard MS Syr 172 1,300 CE Syriac

​Catalog Entry

  • Hymns on the Matyrs
Qarah Qūsh, Iraq, Syrian Catholic Archdiocesan Library (DSCQT 00035) 1,800 CE Syriac
  • f. 1ra-218vb Liturgical book with prayers and Biblical readings for the feasts of the martyrs