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London, BL, Add. 17240

URI: https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1027
Description based on Wright CCCCXVII (1:326-327) Link to Archive.org Bibliographic record
Date: 13th century
Melkite Syriac script ܀ Paper Codex, 258 leaves.
Wright's Subject Classification: Choral Books
This manuscript contains: The Octôechus of the services of Sunday and of the ferial days, according to the Malkite use.; Lessons from the Epistles and Gospels for the ferial days.; Lessons from the Epistles and Gospels, to be read at the celebration of the holy Eucharist, on Sundays, arranged according to the eight tones.; Lessons for Whitsun Day, to be read at the celebration of the holy Eucharist.; Lessons from the Gospels, to be read at morning prayer, on Sundays.; ... In total, including sub-sections, this manuscript contains 36 items.

Physical Description

Paper, about 7 in. by 5 1/8, consisting of 258 leaves, a few of which are slightly stained and torn, especially foll. 1, 8—10, and 252. The quires are 33 in number. From the first to the twenty-sixth, they are marked with Arabic words at the upper corner of the first page (e.g. foll. 19, 27, etc.); the remaining seven are marked with both Arabic words and Syriac letters (from 1 to 7), but have also later Coptic signatures in ciphers (from 27, % to 33, %). Leaves are wanting at the beginning and end, as well as after foll. 4 and 110. There are 14 or 15 lines in each page.

Hand 1 (major, Melkite Syriac script): This volume is written in a neat, regular, Malkite hand of the xiiith cent.

Manuscript Contents

Note: Item numbering updated in digital edition.
Item 1 (Fol. 1a): The Octôechus of the services of Sunday and of the ferial days, according to the Malkite use. [defective]
Item 2 (Fol. 1a): Part One. [defective]
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܐ
Item 3 (Fol. 5a): A mere fragment.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܒ
Item 4 (Fol. 5a): Part Three.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܓ
Item 5 (Fol. 12a): Part Four.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܕ
Item 6 (Fol. 20b): Part Five.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܗ
Item 7 (Fol. 25b): Part Six.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܘ
Item 8 (Fol. 30a): Part Seven.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܙ
Item 9 (Fol. 36a): Part Eight.
 
Title:
ܪܟܢܐ ܏ܚ
Item 10 (Fol. 41b): Lessons from the Epistles and Gospels for the ferial days.
 
Title:
ܩܪ̈ܝܢܐ ܕܝܘ̈ܡܬܐ ܕܫܚܝ̈ܡܐ ܡܢ ܫ̈ܠܝܚܐ ܘܣܒܪ̈ܬܐ, with ܙܘܡܪܐ and ܗܘ̈ܠܠܐ.
Item 11 (Fol. 64a): Lessons from the Epistles and Gospels, to be read at the celebration of the holy Eucharist, on Sundays, arranged according to the eight tones.
 
Title:
ܩܪ̈ܝܢܐ ܡܢ ܫ̈ܠܝܚܐ ܘܣܒܪܬܐ ܥܠ ܏ܚ ܪ̈ܟܢܐ ܕܬܡܩܪ̈ܝܢ ܒܟܘܗܢܐ ܕܝܘ̈ܡܬܐ: ܕܚܕ܏ܒܫܒ, with ܙܘܡܪ̈ܐ and ܗܘ̈ܠܠܐ
Item 12 (Fol. 78b): Lessons for Whitsun Day, to be read at the celebration of the holy Eucharist.
 
Title:
ܒܟܘܿܗܢܐ ܠܝܘܡܐ ܕܦܢܛ܏ܝܩܘܣ
Item 13 (Fol. 80b): Lessons from the Gospels, to be read at morning prayer, on Sundays.
 
Title:
ܩܪ̈ܝܢܐ ܡܢ ܐܘܢܓܠܝܘܢ ܕܡܬܩܪܐ ܒܨܦܪܐ ܕܚܕ ܒܫܒܐ
Note: These are the eleven Gospels of the Resurrection.
Item 14 (Fol. 94b): Services for various Commemorations. [defective]
Item 15 (Fol. 94b): Of Moses.
 
Title:
ܠܡܪܝ ܡܘܫܐ ܢܒܝܐ
Item 16 (Fol. 102b): Of any Apostle. [defective]
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܫܠܝܚܐ ܐܝܢܐ ܗܘ
Item 17 (Fol. 111a): Of any Saint and Bishop.
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܚܣܝܐ ܘܪܝܫ܏ܟܗ
Item 18 (Fol. 125b): Of Michael the Archangel.
 
Title:
ܠܪ̈ܝܫܐ ܕܡܠܐܟܐ ܡܝܟܐܝܠ
Item 19 (Fol. 135b): Of the Ascension of Elijah (20th of Tāmūz).
 
Title:
ܟ ܒܬܡܘܙ ܣܘܠܩܗ ܕܐܠܝܐ ܢܒܝܐ
Item 20 (Fol. 147a): Of any Prophet.
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܢܒܝܐ ܐܝܢܐ ܗܘ
Item 21 (Fol. 157a): Of Bishops and Martyrs.
 
Title:
ܐܩܘ܏ܠܘ ܥܠ ܪ̈ܝܫ܏ܟܗ ܘܣܗ̈ܕܐ
Item 22 (Fol. 166a): Of Martyrs.
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܣܗ̈ܕܐ
Item 23 (Fol. 176a): Of any one Martyr.
 
Title:
ܠܣܗܕܐ ܚܕ ܦܪܨܘܦܐ
Item 24 (Fol. 184b): Of any female Martyr.
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܣܗ̈ܕܬܐ (sic) ܐܝܕܐ ܕܗܝ
Item 25 (Fol. 192a): Of any female Saint.
 
Title:
ܥܠ ܚܣܝܬܐ ܐܝܕܐ ܕܗ̇ܝ
Item 26 (Fol. 201a): Of Bishops and of Martyrs.
 
Title:
ܠܪ̈ܝܫܝ܏ܟܗ ܘܣ̈ܗܕܐ
Item 27 (Fol. 204b): A Calendar of Saints' Days, with occasional brief indications of the services, abridged from the Menaea.
 
Title:
ܐܩܘܠܘܬܝܐ ܕܥ̈ܐܕܐ ܕܟܪܘܟܝܐ ܕܫܢܬܐ ܟܠܗ̇
Item 28 (Fol. 249a): An index to the services of the two parts of the Triôdion.
  Incipit: ܩܘܠܘܬܝܐ ܕܨܘܡܐ ܪܒܐ  Explicit: ܚܕ܏ܒܫ ܕܟܠܗܘܢ ܩ̈ܕܝܫܐ ܕܗܘܘ ܒܥܠܡܐ
Item 29 (Fol. 255b): A few hymns.
Item 30 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܨܠܝܒܐ
Item 31 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܢܒ̈ܝܐ
Item 32 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܝܘܚܢܢ ܡܥܡܕܢܐ
Item 33 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܝܠܕܬ ܐܠܗܐ
Item 34 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܣܗܕܐ
Item 35 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܚܣܝܐ
Item 36 (Fol. 255b):
 
Title:
ܠܝܘܚܢܢ ܡܥܡܕܢܐ

Additions

N.B., folio location may not be available for some items below.
Addition 1: The name of the scribe was John, as appears from the subscriptions on foll. 41 a and 94 a. ܘܨܠܝ ܥܠ ܝܘܚܢܢ ܚܛܝܐ

How to Cite This Entry

William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17240” in A Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library, last modified April 21, 2023, https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1027.

Bibliography:

William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17240.” 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/1027.

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Entry Title: London, BL, Add. 17240

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  • Locus information for manuscript items added by Ziyan Zhang
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