Cambridge Mass., Harvard Houghton Library, Syr. 36

harvard-36-smallFormer shelfmarks: SMH 24, access 3962

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Physical description: paper, 21 × 15 cm, 117 fol., 1 col. (leaves damaged, disordered and missing)

Language(s): Syriac

Date: ca. 16th/17th cent.

Provenance: purchased by Rendel Harris in Mardin.

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

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5 and 6, fol. 10, 12r-61r, interrupted fol. 11 by lectionary readings of 1 Thess 4:12-18 and John 5:24-29).

Additional Contents: Life of Bar Sauma (fol. 1-9, 82-117), Jacob of Serug, On the Death and Burial of the Virgin (fol. 61v-69r), Ps.-Ephrem’s On the Malice of the Jews against Mary and Joseph (69r-78v), and Miracle of the Theotokos in the Cty of Apamea (78v-81v, incomplete).


Goshen-Gottstein, Mosche H. Syriac Manuscripts in the Harvard College Library: A Catalogue. Harvard Semitic Studies 23. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1979 (pp. 50–51).

Titterton, Lewis H. The Syriac Manuscripts in the Semitic Museum of Harvard University. Unpublished thesis, 1925 (pp. 46–47).

Clemons, James T. “A Checklist of Syriac Manuscripts in the United States and Canada.” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 32 (1966): 224–51 (at 231–50, MS no. 69).

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Entry created by Tony Burke, York University (, 21 October 2016.