Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add_2051 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


E. Syriac handbook of the faith.

Author: Saba.
Title: Book of the faith of Syrians (Suryaye) ... called the knunta
Language(s): Syriac

'It is called knunta because like a knunta [usually, 'rule, ruler'] it guides the Christian rightly in the way of Christ our Lord' - f. 1r.

There are sections on the Suryaye and their language (2v), on christology (4v), on the seven mysteries of the church (20v), on the holy oil (28r), etc.

The author's name ('the priest Saba', f. 1r) is also given as the author of 3 Ężonyata at the end of the ms.

Physical Description

Support: Paper, 17 cm.
Extent: 65 ff.


Written in a neat clear E. Syriac hand, and dated 2153 = 1842 CE.


The quires are sewn together but not bound.



Provenance and Acquisition

From the library of Robert Bensly. It was purchased by him in 1891.

Record Sources

For a fuller description see W. Wright and S. A. Cook, A Catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge (1901), ii.1185-88.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Cambridge University Library


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