Edgbaston, University of Birmingham, Mingana Syr. 5

Images: University of Birmingham

Physical description: paper, 17.7 × 11.8 cm, 116 fols., 1 col. Four quires missing at start.

Language(s): Syriac

Date: 1479 (fol. 116v) and an Arabic inscription on fol. 115v reveals that George, son of Kas Elias, owned the MS in 1850.

Provenance: location unknown


West Syriac Life of Mary (CANT 95) featuring:

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

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 1r–18v, lacking beginning and with fol 5-6 and 7-8 misplaced)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 18v–26v)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123–124; as book 5, fol. 26v–77r, and book 6, fol. 77r–101r)

Additional Contents: On the Departure of Mary by Timothy, bishop of Gargar (fol. 101r–116r).


Mingana, Alphonse. Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts Now in the Possession of the Trustees of the Woodbrooke Settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham. 3 vols. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, Ltd., 1933 (vol. 1, cols. 19–21).

Other online databases: University of Birmingham, Mingana Collection

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