Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 170 (SMMJ 00170)

Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • Includes texts by Isaac of Nineveh, Ephrem of Nisibis, Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Jacob of Serugh, Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Epiphanius of Constantia, and Bar Hebraeus. Narratives in the collection include story of a penitent demon and some monks, fol. 189v-192r; story of the merchant and his wife, fol. 235v-236v

Saint Mark's Monastery, Jerusalem MS 169 (SMMJ 00169)

Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in St. Mark’s Monastery (1994).

  • fol. 1r-135v Homilies (Syriac, Garshuni)
    • Includes homilies by Michael the Syrian, John Chrysostom, Ephrem of Nisibis, Jacob of Serugh, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Caesarea, and Epiphanius of Constantia in Cyprus
  • fol. 136v-145r Story of Saint Michael in Dayr al-Samaka at the gate of Mardin (Garshuni)

Sinai Syr. 10

See entry in Lewis

  • Homilies and extracts of various Fathers
    • Ambrose of Milan, Jacob of Sarug, Theophilus of Alexandria, John Chrysostom, Proclus of Constantinople, Ephrem, Cyril of Alexandria, Anastasius of Antioch, Isaac, Timothy, Epiphanius, Cornelius

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

Canon criticism is a field of study ripe for research that has the potential to shine light on interpretive traditions. Both Jewish and Christian groups attempted to reconcile "authoritative" teaching with what they saw and experienced in the world around them. The results of such reconciliation were literary works, spanning from the 3rd century BCE into the 7th century CE, attributed to earlier, authoritative figures. Below is a listing of all works extant in Syriac and Arabic (including Garshuni) from J. - C. Haelewyck, Clavis Apocryphorum Veteris Testamenti. Turnhout: Brepols, 1998.. This list does not include apocryphal works commonly found in the manuscripts of the LXX. However, you can find links here for each of these in the Comprehensive Bibliography of Syriac Christianity (Judith, Tobit, I-IV Maccabees, Odes, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Epistle of Jeremiah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon).

While the information provided below can be found in Haelewyck's Clavis, we have enhanced his fundamental work by including direct links to all resources available online in the public domain, including text editions. We are also continuously adding new bibliographical entries that postdate the Clavis, as they come to our attention. These entries are marked by an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the entry. If you would like to suggest bibliography for inclusion, please use our Contact page.  

Works Cited

Table of Contents

1. The Life of Adam and Eve (Apocalypse of Moses) (Arabic)
2. The Testament of Adam (Syriac and Arabic)
3. The Cave of Treasures (Syriac and Arabic)
4. The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan (Arabic)
5. ​The Book of Adam (Codex Nazaraeus; Mandean Fragment) (Syriac)
6. Life of Abel, by Symmachus (Syriac)
7. Syriac Book of Seth (Syriac)
8. 1 Enoch (Syriac)
9. Apocalypse of Enoch (Syriac)
10. Tractate of Shem (Syriac)
11. The Testament of Abraham (On the Death of Abraham) (Arabic)
12. History of Melchizedek (Syriac and Arabic)
13. Joseph and Asenath (Recension Two) (Syriac)
14. History of Joseph (Syriac)
15. History of Joseph, Son of Jacob [Version A] (Arabic)
16. History of Joseph, Son of Jacob [Version B] (Arabic)
17. History of Joseph (Arabic)
18. Dormition of Joseph, the Son of Jacob (Arabic)
19. Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs (Syriac) 
20. The Names of the Wives of the Patriarchs (Syriac)
21. The Conversation of Moses with God (Syriac and Arabic)
22. The Book of Jubilees (Syriac)
23. The Life of Moses (Arabic) 
24. Instruction of David to Solomon (Arabic)
25. The Palace of Solomon (Arabic)
26. Questions of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon (Syriac)
27. Testament of Solomon to Rehoboam his son (Arabic)
28. The Final Counsel of Solomon (Arabic)
29. The Death of Solomon (Arabic)
30. Aphikia (2 Recensions) (Arabic)
31. History of the Rechabites (Syriac and Arabic)
32. History of the Prophet Elijah (Arabic)
33. ​History of the Prophet Elijah and the son of the Widow (Arabic)
34. ​​History of the Prophet Elijah and his Ascension (Arabic)
35. ​​Sermon of Elisha the Prophet on Sinners (Arabic)
36. ​​​Sermon of the Prophet Elisha on the necessity of purification (Arabic)
37. ​​​Prayer of Manasseh (Syriac and Arabic)
38. ​​​Prayer of Manasseh (Cited from the Apostolic Constitutions) (Syriac and Arabic)
​​​​39. Prayer of Manasseh (from the Byzantine Horologion) (Christian Palestinian Aramaic and Syriac)
​​​40. ​4 Esdras (The Apocalypse of Ezra) (Syriac and Arabic)
41. ​​​​​The Apocalypse of Ezra on the reign of the Arabs (Syriac)
42. ​History and Wisdom of Ahiqar (Syriac and Arabic)
43. ​​5 Maccabees (Syriac)
44. ​​History of St. Shamuni (Arabic)
45. ​​Syriac Apocryphal Psalms (Syriac)
46. ​​Odes of Solomon (Syriac)
47. ​​History of Job (Arabic)
​48. ​Psalms of Solomon (Syriac)
49. ​​The Lives of the Prophets (Syriac and Arabic)
50. ​​The History of Jonah (Syriac and Arabic)
51. ​​Habakkuk Apocryphon (Arabic)
​​52. History of Isaiah the Prophet (Arabic)
​​53. Apocryphon of Jeremiah on the Captivity of Babylon (Arabic)
​54. Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch (2 Baruch) (Syriac and Arabic)
55. Epistle of Baruch (Syriac)
​​56. Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius (Syriac and Arabic)
​​​57. On our Lord and on the end written by the youth Daniel (Syriac)
​​58. ​ Fourteenth Vision of Daniel (Arabic)
​​​59. Apocalypse of Daniel (Arabic)
60. On Daniel and the boy Caleb (Arabic)
61. Conversation of Joseph and Nebuchadnezzar (Arabic)
​​​​62. The Tiburtine Sibyl (Syriac and Arabic)

Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00345)

  • f. 1v-12v Rite of consecration of water on the day of Nativity (Garshuni)
  • f. 13v-23r John Chrysostom, Homily on approaching the Holy Mysteries (Garshuni)
  • f. 23r-34v John Chrysostom, Homily on Judas's betrayal of Christ (Garshuni)
  • f. 34v-44r Epiphanius, Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus, Homily on the Burial of Christ (Garshuni)
  • f. 44r-51r Jacob of Sarug, Homily on the Baptism of Jesus Christ (Garshuni)
  • f. 51r-63r John Chrysostom, Homily on the Lord's dispute with Satan (Garshuni)
  • f. 63r-70r Ephrem Syrus, Homily (Garshuni)

Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00022)

  • f. 1v Syriac Grammar
  • f. 2r-8v Bar Qardāḥe, Khāmīs, Wine poems
  • f. 9r Liturgical notes
  • f. 9v-17v Elijah of Nisibis, Syriac Grammar (abridged)
  • f. 18r-136v Bar Zō'bī, Yōḥannān, Syriac Grammar
  • f. 137r-144v Bar Zō'bī, Yōḥannān, Brief metrical grammar
  • f. 144v-145r Bar Zō'bī, Yōḥannān, Homily on philosophy, in the meter of Jacob
  • f. 145r-146r Commentary on the previous text
  • f. 146r-146v Metrical treatise on points
  • f. 147r-152r Homily on the divisions of philosophers, in the meter of Ephrem


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