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Syriac Manuscripts

Date range: 6th-20th centuries

Medium: Manuscript

Number of items: 70 items (some composite)

The collection largely comprises theological and liturgical codices, including 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.

Items in this collection were acquired from Lord Crawford, James Rendel Harris and Alphonse Mingana.

Further information:

J. F. Coakley, 'A Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 75.2 (1993), pp. 105-207.


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