Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library
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London, BL, Add. 17237

URI: https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1022
Description based on Wright CCCLXXVIII (1:306-307) Link to Archive.org Bibliographic record
Date: 13th or 14th century
Unspecified Syriac script (multiple hands) ܀ Parchment Codex, 118 leaves.
Wright's Subject Classification: Choral Books
This manuscript contains: Services for the following occasions; viz. In total, including sub-sections, this manuscript contains 13 items.

Physical Description

Paper, 10 in. by 6 3/4, consisting of 118 leaves, some of which are much torn, especially foll. 36, 112, 113, 117, and 118. The quires, signed with letters, were originally 35 in number; but there now remain only ܝܒ ــ ܒ and ܠܗ ــ ܠܒ, and even some of these are very imperfect, since leaves are wanting after foll. 8, 18, 26, 108, 109, 111, and 114. There are from 16 to 18 lines in each page.

Hand 1 (major, Unspecified Syriac script): This volume is written in a good, regular hand of the xiiith or xivth cent.
Hand 2 (minor, Unspecified Syriac script): See additions.

Manuscript Contents

Note: Item numbering updated in digital edition.
Item 1 (Fol. 1a): Services for the following occasions; viz. [defective]
Item 2 (Fol. 1a): The Resurrection [defective]
ܛܟ̣ܣܐ ܕܥܠ ܩܝܡܬܗ ܕܦܪܘܩ
Note: Consisting chiefly of Greek canons, arranged in eight parts.
Item 3 (Fol. 1a): First order [defective]
ܛܟ̣ܣܐ ܩܕܡܝܐ
Item 4 (Fol. 11a): Second order [defective]
Item 5 (Fol. 26a): Third order [defective]
Item 6 (Fol. 39a): Fourth order
Item 7 (Fol. 52b): Fifth order
Item 8 (Fol. 67a): Sixth order
Item 9 (Fol. 77b): Seventh order
Item 10 (Fol. 89b): Eighth order
Item 11 (Fol. 105b): New (or Low) Sunday [defective]
ܛܟ̣ܣܐ ܕܥܠ ܚܕܒܫܒܐ ܚ̣ܕܬܐ
Item 12 (Fol. 107a): The Commemoration of Mār Zākhē or Nicolaus [defective]
ܡܪܝ ܙܟ݁ܐ or ܡܪܝ ܢܝܩܘܠܐܘܣ
Item 13 (Fol. 109a): Another order of the Resurrection, apparently exclusively Syrian [defective]
Note: It is also divided into eight parts, but is very imperfect


Addition 1 (Fol. 116a): On foll. 116 a and 118 b there are some fragments of hymns, in different hands.
Addition 2 (Fol. 117b): Foll. 117 b contains part of a canon for the Commemoration of the blessed Virgin on the 15th of Iyār: ܬܘܒ ܩܢܘܢܐ ܕܥܠ ܩܕܝܫܬܐ ܝ̇ܠܕܬ݀ ܐܠܗܐ ܡܪܝܡ ܕܡܫܬܡܠܐ ܒܟ̣ܣܐ ܕܐܝܪ ܐܝ܏ܟܘܣ ܬܡܝܢܝܐ

How to Cite This Entry

William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17237” in A Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library, last modified April 21, 2023, https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1022.


William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17237.” In A Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library, edited by . Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal, 2023. Entry published April 21, 2023. https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1022.

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Entry Title: London, BL, Add. 17237

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