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London, BL, Add. 17227

URI: https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1004
Description based on Wright CXLVII (1:94) Link to Archive.org Bibliographic record
Date: AD 1254 / AG 1565
Origin: The convent of Abbā Yuhannān Zĕ'ūrā, or John the less, in the desert of Scete.
West Syriac script (multiple hands) ܀ Paper Codex, 151 leaves.
Wright's Subject Classification: New Testament
This manuscript contains: The Epistles of S. Paul, according to the Peshitta version, with an Index of Lessons. In total, including sub-sections, this manuscript contains 17 items.

Physical Description

Paper, about 12 1/4 in. by 8 3/4, consisting of 151 leaves, some of which are much stained and torn, especially foll. 1—6, 15, and 36. The quires, signed with letters, are 16 in number. A couple of leaves are wanting at the beginning, and also after fol. 4. Each page is divided into two columns, of from 19 to 23 lines. It is dated 1565, A.D.1254.

Hand 1 (major, West Syriac script): This manuscript is written in a good, regular hand, with occasional Syriac and Greek vowels (�, �), and other points. See additions. The original description of this manuscript by William Wright includes characters, symbols, or illustrations which cannot be represented. Please consult the attached image, vol. 1, p. 94.
Hand 2 (minor, Unspecified Syriac script): See additions.

Manuscript Contents

Note: Item numbering updated in digital edition.
Item 1 (Fol. 1a): The Epistles of S. Paul, according to the Peshitta version, with an Index of Lessons [defective]
  Colophon: See additions.
Item 2 (Fol. 1a): Index of Lessons [defective]
  Subscription (Fol. 3a): ܫܸܠ̣ܡ ܩ݊ܘܕܻܝܟ̣ܣ ܐܰܘܼܟܻܝܬ ܡܚ̇ܰܘܼܝܳܢܳܐ ܕܩ̣ܪ̈ܝܳܢܸܐ ܕܥܻ̈ܐܕܸܐ ܡܳܪ̈ܳܐܢܳܝܸܐ ܘܕܚܕܒ̈ܫܒܐ ܘܕ݂ܕܘܟܪ̈ܳܢܸܐ ܕܩܕ̈ܝܫܐ. ܕܐܝܬ ܒܟܬ݀ܒܐ ܕܦܘܠܘܣ ܫܠܝ̣ܚܐ ܨܠܘܬܗ̇ ܥܡܢ. ܐܡܝܢ.
Note: Imperfect.
Item 3 (Fol. 3b): The Epistles of S. Paul, according to the Peshitta version [defective]
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܣܲܒ݂ܪܐ ܘܬܘܼ݊ܟܠܳܢܐ ܕܚ̇ܝ̣ܠܐ ܕܡܪܢ ܘܐܠـ[ܗܐ] ܕܝܠܢ ܝܫܘܥ ܡܫܝ̣ܚܐ: ܡ̇ܫܰܪܸܝܢܢ ܠܡܹܟ̣ܬܰ[ܒ] ܐܹܓ̣ܪ̈ܳܬܴܐ ܕܦܘܠܘܣ ܫܠܝ̣ܚܐ ܛܘܼܒܳܢܐ.
  Subscription (Fol. 150a): ܫܠܝ̣ܚܐ̣ ܐܰܪ݂̈ܒܰܥ̣ܣ̣ܪܷ̈ܐ. ܨܠܘܬܗ̇ ܥܡܢ. ܐܡܝܢ:
Item 4 (Fol. 3b): Romans [defective]
Note: It is imperfect, ch. i. 24—ii. 22 being missing.
Item 5 (Fol. 28a): 1 Corinthians
Item 6 (Fol. 54b): 2 Corinthians
Item 7 (Fol. 71b): Galatians
Item 8 (Fol. 80b): Ephesians
Item 9 (Fol. 89b): Philippians
Item 10 (Fol. 96a): Colossians
Item 11 (Fol. 102b): 1 Thessalonians
Item 12 (Fol. 108a): 2 Thessalonians
Item 13 (Fol. 111b): 1 Timothy
Item 14 (Fol. 119a): 2 Timothy
Item 15 (Fol. 124b): Titus
Item 16 (Fol. 127b): Philemon
Item 17 (Fol. 129a): Hebrews

Additions

N.B., folio location may not be available for some items below.
N.B., items below may have been listed out of folio order in Wright's catalogue.
Addition 1: Numerous lessons, altogether 150 in number, are rubricated in the text.
Addition 2 (Fol. 150b): On fol. 150 b there is a note, stating that this manuscript was written A. Gr. 1565, A.D.1254, in the convent of Abbā Yuhannān Zĕ'ūrā, or John the less, in the desert of Scete, by a Persian monk from Sigistān, named Behnām. ܐܫ̇ܬ̣ܠܡ ܡܢ ܕܠܡ̣ܟܬܒ ܟܬ݀ܒܐ ܗܢܐ ܩܕܝܫܐ. ܒܚܙܝܪܢ ܝܪܚܐ. ܒܫ̇ܢ̣ܬ݀ ܐ̈ܠܦ ܘܚܡ̈ܫܡܐܐ ܘܫ̈ܬܝܢ ܘܚ̈ܡܫ ܕܝܘ̈ܢܝܐ. ܒܕܝܪܐ ܩܕܝܫܬܐ ܕܐܒܐ ܝܘܚܢܢ ܙܥܘܪܐ ܐܒܐ ܕܝܚ̈ܝܕܝܐ. ܕܒܡܕܒܪܐ ܕܐܣܩܝܛܝ. ܕܒܐܪܥܐ ܕܡܨܪܝܢ. ܣ̣ܪܛ ܕܝܢ ܘܛܪܛܫ ܚܲܛܝܐ ܒܗܢܡ ܒܨܝܪܐ ܒܕܝܪ̈ܝܐ ܕܡܢ ܣܝܓܣܬܢ ܡܕܝܢܬܐ ܕܒܐܬܪܐ ܕܦܪ̈ܣܝܐ. ܟܠ ܕܝܢ ܕܦ̇ܓܥ̣ ܢܨ̇ܠܐ ܏ܘܫ
Addition 3 (Fol. 150b): Another note on the same page tells us that the said Behnām presented it to the convent of S. Mary Deipara. ܐܢ̇ܐ ܕܘܝ̇ܐ ܒܗܢܡ ܫ̇ܟ̣ܢܬ ܠܗܢܐ ܟܬ݀ܒܐ ܠܕܝܪܐ ܕܩܕܝܫܬܐ ܝ̇ܠܕܬ݀ ܐܠܗܐ ܡܪܝܡ. ܕܒܡܕܒܪܐ ܕܐܣܩܝܛܝ ܕܡܫܬ݀ܡܗܐ ܕܝܪܐ ܕܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ. ܕܥܠ ܓܢܒ ܕܝܪܐ ܕܐܒܐ ܒܝܫܘܝ ܛܘܼܒܢܐ ܘܢܨ̇ܝܚ ܫܘܼܦܪ̈ܐ. ܨܠܘܬܗ ܥܡܢ.
Addition 4 (Fol. 151a): A note on fol. 151 a further informs us, that at this time Rabban Yeshua’ of Zargel Castra, near Hisn Kīfā, was abbat of the convent of S. Mary Deipara; and that Athanasius was patriarch of Alexandria. See Renaudot, Hist. part. Alexandr. Jacob., p. 599; Le Quien, Oriens Christ., t. ii. col. 493. But the name of the occupant of the see of Antioch is left blank, perhaps because of the contention between Dionysius VII and John bar Ma'dān. See Assemani, Bibl. Orient., t. ii. p. 376 etc. ܐܬܟܬ݂ܒ ܕܝܢ ܟܬ݀ܒܐ ܗܢܐ ܕܡ̈ܠܐ ܕܪܘܚܐ ܩܕܝܫܐ ܕܐܡܝܪ̈ܢ ܠܛܘܼܒܢܐ ܦܘܠܘܣ ܫܠܝ̣ܚܐ. ܒܝܘ̈ܡܝ ܐܒܘܢ ܛܘܼܒܬܢܐ ܡܪܝ ܦܐܛܪܝܪܟܝܣ ܕܟܘܪܣܝܐ ܫܠܝ̣ܚܝܐ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ ܕܣܘܪܝܐ. ܘܡܪܝ ܐܬܐܢܐܣܝܘܣ ܦܐܛܪܝܪܟܝܣ ܕܟܘܪܣܝܐ ܕܐܠܟܣܢܕܪܝܐ ܪܒܬܐ. ܘܒܩܝ̇ܘܡܘܬܐ ܘܪܝܫܢܘܬܐ ܕܪܒܢ ܝܫܘܥ ܩܘܡܘܣ ܡܝ̣ܩܪܐ ܐܘܟܝܬ ܪܝܫܕܝܪܐ ܩܕܝܫܐ ܕܕܝܪܐ ܗܕܐ ܕܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ. ܕܡܬܝ̣ܕܥ ܡ̇ܢ ܡܢ ܙܪܓܠ ܩܣܛܪܐ ܕܒܐܬܪܐ ܕܚܣ̣ܢܐ ܕܟܐܦܐ. ܡܦܝ̣ܣ ܐܢ̣ܐܹ ܘܡܬ݀ܟ݂ܫܦ ܐܢ̣ܐ ܠܐܠܗܐ̣. ܕܒܨ̈ܠܘܬܗ̇ ܕܝ̇ܠܕܬ݀ ܐܠܗܐ ܡܪܝܡ. ܏ܘܫ.
Addition 5 (Fol. 150b): On fol. 150 b, at the foot of the page, there is the following note, dated A. Gr. 1823, A.D.1512, in the handwriting of a monk of Nisibis, named John : ܦܓܥ ܒܟܬܒܐ ܗܢܐ ܘܟܬ̣ܒ ܡ̣ܢܗ ܝܘܚܢܢ ܐܟܣܢܝܐ ܒܫܡ ܕܝܪܐ ܡܢ ܐܬܪܐ ܕܡܕܢܚܐ ܡܢ ܡܕܝܢܬܐ ܢܨܝܒܝܢ ܐܘܚܕܢܐ ܕܦܪ̈ܣـ[ـܝܐ.] ܒܒܥܘ ܕܩ̇ܪܐ ܢܨܲܠܐ ܥܠܘܗܝ ܘܥܠ ܐܒܗ̈ܘܗܝ ܡܛܠܡܪܢ ܘܨܠܘܬܐ ܠܦܠܓܐ ܬܗܘܐ ܘܗܠܝܢ ܫܢܬ ܏ܐܦܟܓ ܠܝܘܢ ܘܠܝܗ ܕܘܟܣܐ ܐܡܝܢ.

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