Manuscript Collection at Monastery of St Saviour in Old Jerusalem

The collection contains 553 codices and rotuli, dating from the 12th to the 20th century and written in eight languages: Ethiopic, Arabic, Armenian, Corali, Greek, Hebrew, Miniati, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Coptic and Syriac. The texts present great variety and contain theological and philosophical treatises, biblical and liturgical books, dictionaries, profane and religious poetry, collections of sermons, pilgrim accounts, and also cooking recipes and magic prayers. Among the books are also rare items, for instance texts written in Armenian and Arabic scripts but in Turkish language or the fragments of Byzantine manuscripts used for binding as the fly-leaves. A special group is made up by large size liturgical books with musical notations, produced for monastic choirs, as well as precious volumes lavishly decorated and illuminated with miniatures, initials and aniconic ornamentation. Research material of particular value consists of a variety of book covers (leather, textile, metal, decorative cardboards etc) representing diverse binding methods. As the whole, the collection presents a remarkably wide spectrum of Western and Eastern manuscript traditions: Christian, Islamic and Jewish.

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  • AET (Ethiopic in BG + SBF)

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/1
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  • Arabic manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/2
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  • Armenian manscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/3
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  • Corali Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/4
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  • Greek Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/5
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  • Hebrew Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/6
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  • Miniati Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/7
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  • Coptic Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/9
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  • Syriac Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/10
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  • Mäzmurä dawit -Book of psalms

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/1
    Psaltar and other texts belonging to the Ethiopian psaltar. Physical condition of originals: 345pp + 8 at the beginning and 11 at the end empty; 182x125cm industrial paper; black, red ink; industrial colours; Decoration: pages with guilded edges; headings ...
  • [Miscellanea ]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/2
    Miscellanea : 1. Mälk’ә Maryam - “Effigy of Mary";2. "Effigy of Jesus"; 3."Effigy of the Savior of the World"; 4. Anaphora by Cyriacos of Behnesa (Qeddәse Maryam). Physical condition of originals: 99ff; 140x100 cm parchment; black & red ink. Decoration; el ...
  • awit - Psalter (incomplete)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/3
    Psalter, incomplete. Physical condition of originals: 128 ff; 147x135cm parchment; black and red ink; unbound. Decoration: simple band (haräg) on f. 30v. Condition: ms in need of conservation; ff. 21r-27v large parts of folios missing; ff. 95r-116v in loos ...
  • [Missal]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/4
    Missal . Physical condition of originals: 38 ff; 10x10 cm parchment; black and red ink; wooden cover. Condition: most of the folios water stained; back cover broken but repaired. ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/5
    ff. 1v-4v: Collection of religious poetry sälam; incomplete. ff. 5r- 64r: Commentary (andǝmta) to Faith of the Fathers (Haymanotä Abäw). Physical condition of originals: 64 ff; 17x12 cm parchment; black&red ink; lacunas in same rubrics; wooden cover. Decor ...