Mardin, Church of the Forty Martyrs, 281

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Former shelfmark(s): Deir al-Zafaran 114

Physical description: paper, 18.5 × 13.5 cm, 220 fol. Some pages have been supplied by a more recent scribe: fol. 2-23, 28-30, 130, and a portion of 171. Note also that fol. 121 is torn and fol. 1, 211, 219, and 220r are blank.

Language(s): Syriac

Date: 1474/1475 (on fol. 170r in Syriac and 183v in Arabic).

Provenance: once belonged to the Deir al-Zafaran—the monastery’s seal appears on fol. 26v and 168v and its bookplate on the inside back cover.

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

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1, fol. 1r-10r, and book 2, fol. 10r-16r)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 16v-62r)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 62v-71v)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5, fol. 71v-138r, and book 6, fol. 138r-170r)

Additional Contents: Ps.-Ephrem, On the Malice of the Jews against Mary and Joseph (fol. 170v-183v), On the Departure of Mary by Timothy of Gargar (fol. 184r-200v), and the Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel (201r-218v, ending missing).


Dolabani, Yuhanna and Gregorios Ibrahim. Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in Za’faran Monastery, Dar Mardin: Christian Arabic and Syriac Studies from the Middle East 27 (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009), part 1, pp. 83-84.

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Entry created: 19 October 2016.