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.


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)

Six-Books 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).


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 by Tony Burke, York University (tburke@yorku.ca), 19 October 2016.