Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica, Borg. sir. 128

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Physical description: paper, 32 ×  22 cm, 199 fol. (originally 217), 2 col.

Language: Syriac

Date: 1720

Provenance: Monastery of Mor Hananyo (Dayr al-Za‘faran, Mardin)

Contents: West Syriac Life of Mary (CANT 95; fols. 10r–82v) featuring:

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 2, fols. 10r–10v, ending only; and book 1, fol. 10v–15r)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fols. 15r–34v; ending missing)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fols. 40r, ending only)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-24; as book 5, fols. 40r–68v, and book 6, fols. 68v–82v)

Additional contents: various Mary-related homilies by Jacob of Sarug, Timothy of Gargar, etc.


Orsatti, Paola. Il fondo Borgia della Biblioteca Vaticana e gli studi orientali a Roma tra sette e ottocento, Studi e Testi 376. Vatican: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1996 (pp. 115–29).

online-bulletScher, Adai. “Notice sur les manuscrits syriaques du Musée Borgia, aujourd’hui à la Bibliothèque Vaticane.” Journal Asiatique 10/13 (March-April 1909): 249–87 (at 275–76).

Other online databases: Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts

Entry created by Tony Burke, York University (, 5 July 2016.