Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

BSMS_445 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


The New Testament in the Peshitta version.

Title: The New Testament in the Peshitta version.
Language(s): Syriac

Also included (ff. 1v-6v, 287v-289v) are short exegetical works about the genealogies of Christ and the twelve and seventy apostles.

Physical Description

Support: Vellum, 28 cm.
Extent: 289 ff.


At least one quire is lost at the end. The leaves especially at the beginning and end of the ms. are badly stained, cockled and mutilated.


Written in a classical E. Syriac estrangela of the12th or 13th century with some vowels, in red and black.


The binding, in full leather with blind tooling, is detached from the text block. It originally belonged to another ms., perhaps Armenian.



Provenance and Acquisition

Deposited by the Bible Society, 1985. The Bible Society purchased it from itinerant Assyrians in 1906.

Record Sources

For a full description see J. F. Coakley, Catalogue of Syriac manuscripts in Cambridge University Library acquired since 1901 (2018).


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Funding of Cataloguing

Cambridge University Library


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