Edgbaston, University of Birmingham, Mingana Syr. 48

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Physical description: paper, 21.8 × 17 cm, 147 fol., 1 col.

Language(s): Syriac and Garšūnī

Date: 1906, but based in part on a MS from 1757 (fol. 142v-143v)

Provenance: the deacon Matthew, son of Paul, in Mosul based on an earlier manuscript (colophon reproduced fol. 143v) originating in the village of Baith Khudaidah.

Contents:

West Syriac Life of Mary (CANT 95) featuring:

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1, fol. 1r-6v, and book 2, fol. 6v-10v)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 10v-29r)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 29v-32v)

Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5, fol. 32v-58v, and book 6, fol. 59r-71v)

Legend of the Thirty Pieces of Silver (144r-145r; in Garšūnī)

Additional Contents: Ps.-Ephrem, On the Malice of the Jews against Mary and Joseph (fol. 71v-76v); On the Death and Burial of the Virgin by Jacob of Serug (fol. 76v-80r); Timothy of Gargar, On the Departure of Mary (fol. 80r-87r); a Miracle of Mary in Homs (87r-90r), a Miracle of Mary in Egypt (90v-95r), a memra by Jacob of Serug on Mary the Theotokos (95r-101v), an anonymous memra on the Merits, Life and Miracles of Mary (102r-121r), an anonymous memra on the Praises of Mary (121r-136v), and three letters that came down from heaven (126v-134v); a miracle of the Virgin attributed to Cyril of Jerusalem (135r-142v, in Garšūnī); and another miracle “performed by Our Lady Mary the Saint in the days of Calif Ma’mun” (145v-150r, in Garšūnī).

Catalogs: Mingana, Alphonse. Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts Now in the Possession of the Trustees of the Woodbrooke Settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham, vol. 1 (Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, Ltd., 1933), col. 133-37.

Other online databases: University of Birmingham, Mingana Collection

Entry created: 19 October 2016.