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Syriac Manuscripts

70 items (some composite), ranging from the 6th century to the 20th, were acquired from Lord Crawford, James Rendel Harris and Alphonse Mingana.

They are mainly theological and liturgical codices, and include a 6th-century Gospel Book (Syriac MS 1), parts of the Old and New Testaments, lectionaries, commentaries, psalters, collections of hymns, and prayers, amulets or charms, and liturgical books.

Secular texts include dictionaries, grammatical treatises, and works on astrology and divination. 48 items are West Syrian, the remainder East Syrian and Melkite.

Finding aids

J.F. Coakley, 'A Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 75, no. 2 (1993), pp. 105-207.


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