The collection of page-views of manuscripts at Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai housed at the Library of Congress includes not only Greek manuscripts, and Georgian manuscripts, but also Syriac manuscripts. A series of links to the Syriac New Testament manuscripts in the collection is at the end of this post.
How important is Syriac evidence? Very important. To find out more about the Syriac Versions – the Old Syriac, the Peshitta, the Harklean Syriac, and more – here are links to a few resources:
The Bible in the Syriac Tradition, by Sebastian Brock
The Fourfold Gospels in the Writings of Ephrem, by Matthew Crawford.
Syriac Versions of the New Testament, by Peter Williams
ENTTC Entry: Syriac Versions, by Robert Waltz
1915 ISBE Entry: Syriac Versions, by Thomas Nicol
Two Memoirs on the Syriac Version, by John Gwynn
English Translations of the Peshitta Version, at Dukhrana.com
In addition, if you are hungry for additional Syriac resources:
Sebastian Brock has provided a collection of Syriac resources, including information on patristic writers such as Cyrillona and Isaac of Antioch, who are not even named in the list of cited authors in
Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, is crammed with articles keeping readers up to date about Syriac discoveries and research, especially regarding Syriac patristic writings.
George al-Banna has a series of video lessons on how to read Syriac.
The Meltho font may be useful if you want to write Syriac electronically.
Here are links to the page-views of over 50 manuscripts in the collection at Saint Catherine’s Monastery. (If a date-assignment appears to be an estimate, it is.)
MS 1: Gospels-Lectionary (1127)
MS 2: Four Gospels (500’s) This is a very early copy of the Peshitta Gospels.
MS 3: Pauline Epistles (c. 500) This is the same manuscript as Schøyen MS 2530. Andreas Juckel has made a thorough analysis and full collation of this manuscript’s text.
MS 5: Epistles and Acts (500’s)
MS 6: Gospels-Lectionary (1178)
MS 7: Gospels-Lectionary (1100’s)
MS 11: Four Gospels (800’s)
MS 15: Acts and Epistles (700’s)
MS 17: Syriac New Testament (800’s)
MS 20: Gospels-Lectionary (1015)
MS 21: New Testament Lectionary (1000’s)
MS 30: Lives of Holy Women and Four Gospels (Sinaitic Syriac Palimpsest) (400) This is the famous (or infamous) Sinaitic Syriac palimpsest; its upper writing tells about events in the lives of some Christian ladies; the harder-to-see lower writing is the (incomplete) Gospels, from about 400. This manuscript’s Gospels-text is closely related to the text in the (also incomplete) Curetonian Syriac Gospels manuscript.
MS 45: Apostolos (1043)
MS 49: Lectionary (1100-1300)
MS 74: Four Gospels (1200)
MS 76: Lectionary(Gospels) (1200)
MS 81: Lectionary (Epistles) (1232)
MS 92: Praxapostolos (1291)
MS 135: Four Gospels (1100-1300)
MS 161: Lectionary (New Testament) (1300-1500)
MS 215: Praxapostolos (1219)
MS 216: Praxapostolos (1200)
MS 217: Lectionary (Gospels) (1297)
MS 218: Praxapostolos (1200)
MS 219: Lectionary (Gospels) (1200’s)
MS 222: Praxapostolos (1267)
MS 227: Praxapostolos (1293)
MS 229: Praxapostolos (1200’s)
MS 231: Four Gospels (1200’s)
MS 235: Praxapostolos (1215)
MS 236: Lectionary (Gospels) (1294)MS 238: Lectionary (Gospels) (1200’s)
MS 259: Gospels (Luke and John) (1200’s)
MS 269: Lectionary (Gospels) (1100-1300)
MS 271: Lectionary (Gospels) (1288)
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MS 272: Four Gospels (1296)
MS 16: Patristica and Profana (600’s)
MS 24: Works of Mar Isaac et al (900’s)
MS 28: Book of Kings (700’s)
MS 35: First Samuel (600’s)
MS 67: Works of Mar Ephrem (800’s)
And if that’s not enough, the contents of more Syriac manuscripts, from other places, can be accessed at MSS-Syriaques and at the Mingana Collection.