Cambridge Mass., Harvard Houghton Library, Syr. 82

Former shelfmark: SMH 73, access 4010

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Physical description: paper, 13 × 8 cm., 214 fol., 1 col. From Titterton’s description: “the ms. has 23 quires originally of 10 leaves each; but many leaves have been lost. Ff. 1-6, 9, 189, 190, 192, 194, 195 are in later hands and supplied to fill lacunae. Even so, leaves are missing from quire 2 (after ff. 10 and 18), only 8 leaves remain out of 20 from quires 20 and 21 (between ff. 188 and 197), and the last 3 leaves of quire 23 are lost (after f. 213)” (“Syriac Manuscripts in the Semitic Museum,” 150).

Language(s): Syriac

Date: ca. 17th/18th. cent.

Provenance: scribe identified as Joseph (fol. 15r); manuscript purchased by Rendel Harris in Mardin.

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

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1, fol. 1v-15r; and book 2, fol. 15v-23v)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 24r-74v)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 74v-84r)

Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5, fol. 84v-159v; and book 6, fol. 159v-188v, lacking the end)

Additional Contents: one or more untitled memre on Mary and Joseph (189r-214v, incomplete).

Catalogs: Mosche H. Goshen-Gottstein, Syriac Manuscripts in the Harvard College Library: A Catalogue (Harvard Semitic Studies 23; Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1979), 70; Lewis H. Titterton, The Syriac Manuscripts in the Semitic Museum of Harvard University (unpublished thesis, 1925), 150-51; James T. Clemons, “A Checklist of Syriac Manuscripts in the United States and Canada,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 32 (1966): 224-51 (MS no. 117).

Other online databases: HOLLIS

Entry created: October 19, 2016.