Mardin, Chaldean Cathedral 5

Former designation: Scher 80; Macomber 80.5

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Physical description: paper, 13.5 × 9.5 cm, 137 fols., 1 col. The book has two hands: one in a block script similar to Estrangelo (fols. 1–44), the other in Serto (45–137). The manuscript lacks the first 11 fols.

Language(s): Syriac

Date: 16th cent.

Provenance: copied at the Monastery of Jacob, Sharbel, and Febronia near Kfar Šamaʿ, a village in Ṭur ʿAbdin.

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

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1, truncated at start, fols. 1r–11v; book 2, 11v–20v)

Vision of Theophilus (absent)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; here as book 3, fols. 20v–29v)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; introduced as book 4 but numbered book 5 at end, fols. 29v–101v; and book 6, fols. 102r–136v).

Additional Contents: none


Scher, Addai. “Notice sur les manuscrits syriaques et arabes conservés dans la bibliothèque de l’évêché chaldéen de Mardin.” Revue des Bibliothèques 18 (1908), 64–95, here p. 86.

Macomber, William F. “A Checklist of the Manuscripts of the Chaldean Patriarchate, ca. 1965” (unpublished manuscript, 1966).

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Entry created by Tony Burke, York University (, 12 January 2017.