Vatican, Biblioteca apostolica, syr. 537

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Physical description: paper, 16 × 10 cm, 160 fol., 1 col. (some sections missing and pages rearranged).

Language(s): Syriac.

Date: 16th cent.

Provenance: the village of Abu Ghalib (Wank); copyist identified as Saliba (see fol. 158v).

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

Protevangelium of James (CANT 50; as book 1, fol. 2v-12v; and book 2, fol. 12v-21r)

Vision of Theophilus (CANT 56; as book 3, fol. 21v-64r)

Infancy Gospel of Thomas (CANT 57; as book 4, fol. 64r-71r)

Six-Books Dormition of the Virgin (CANT 123-124; as book 5, 71v-130r, and book 6, fol. 130v-158v)

Additional Contents: a mutilated prayer of healing by St. Peter (fol. 1r-1v).


Lantschoot, Arnold van. Inventaire des manuscrits syriaques des fonds Vatican (490-631): Barberini oriental e Neofiti (Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca apostolica Vaticana, 1965), 60-61.

Other online databases: none.

Entry created: 22 July 2016.