Cambridge Mass., Harvard Houghton Library, Syr. 35

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Former shelfmark(s): SMH 23, access 3961

Physical description: paper, 18 × 13 cm, 148 fol., 1 col. Large portions missing, pages damaged, and texts out-of-sequence.

Language(s): Syriac

Date: 16th/17th cent.

Provenance: Purchased by Rendel Harris in Mardin.

Contents: West Syriac Life of Mary (CANT 95) featuring:

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1 and book 2, missing)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 2v–40v)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 40v–48v)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5, fol. 48v–109v; and book 6, 109v–136v, 142r–148v)

Additional Contents: Ps.-Ephrem, On the Malice of the Jews against Mary and Joseph, placed between books 1 and 2 (fol. 136v–141v, re-bound out-of-sequence).


Clemons, James. “A Checklist of Syriac Manuscripts in the United States and Canada.” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 32 (1966): 224–51 (MS no. 68).

Goshen-Gottstein, Mosche H. Syriac Manuscripts in the Harvard College Library: A Catalogue. Harvard Semitic Studies 23. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1979 (p. 50).

Titterton, Lewis H. The Syriac Manuscripts in the Semitic Museum of Harvard University. Unpublished Thesis, 1925 (pp. 45–46).

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Entry created by Tony Burke, York University (, 19 October 2016.