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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  • Arabic manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/2
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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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  • Miniati Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/7
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  • Al-anājīl al-muqaddasah allatī tutlā fī qadādīs al-ḥudūd wa-al-ayʿād al...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/1
    Gospel lectionary (Roman Catholic). Physical condition of originals: 210 ff., 200r-210r empty; 325x230 mm hand-made paper, gilded and stamped edge, watermarks; black & red ink, text framed red. Cover: red leather, stamped & gilded ornament,front, back & sp ...
  • De duabus in Christo Naturis et unica persona

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/35
    Dogmatic discours. Physical condition of originals: 64ff+1; 190x130 mm hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: yellow leather. Condition: relatively good, cover partly detached from spine; insects holes inside. ...
  • Kitāb falsafah Yūsuf Lūwīs Damūfūskī al-Yasūī -Philosophy book, Joseph...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/36
    Manual to J.A. Dmovski's [Dmochowski] Institutiones phylosophicae. Physical condition of originals: 410 ff. + 13r-v at the beginning empty & 394r-409r at the end empty; 409v title page in French; 185x110x50 mm machine paper, black, red, blue inks. Decorati ...
  • Haddamah al-ʾasrā – Secret Services

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/52
    Ritual of the Roman Church. Physical condition of originals: 74 ff.;165x110 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink; Decoration f. 25r coloured drawing of a man armed with sword, smoking a water-pipe? accompanied by a dog and a ram? Cover: cardboards, spine re ...
  • [Miscellanea ]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/54
    Miscellanea (manual of a priest, fragment) various prayers and notes. Physical condition of originals: 10ff.; 160x110 mm hand-made paper; black, brown, red inks; one quire and not sawn. Decoration: coloured drawings as as tailpieces on ff. 7v & 10v; no cov ...
  • Taʿlīm masīḥīyyun- Christian teaching

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/56
    Catechisme. Physical condition of originals: 54ff. + 11 empty at the end; 165x110 mm hand-made paper; black & red ink; brochure sewing. No cover. Condition - good. ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/65
    Theological texts, parts of catechisme and various prayers. Contents in Latin. Physical condition of originals: 140 ff.; 153x110 mm hand-made paper; black ink. Cover: red leather, tooled. Condition: good, cover slightly worn. ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/91
    Sermon on the Virgin Mary; inside several loose ff. containing various texts & letters. Physical condition of originals: 125 ff [+ 51 ff. empty] + [2 index] 264x170 mm machine paper, edges tinted blue; black & red ink. Cover: thick cardboards covered with ...
  • Suwwālāt - Issues/Questions

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/94
    Informations that the oriental bishops should present at the Holy Congregation about their "status". Physical condition of originals: 19 pp.recto only;19v-24v empty; 216x115 machine paper; 1 quite sawn; Condition - good. ...
  • Kitāb al-lāhūt al-ʾadabī – Book of moral theology

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/97
    Theological tract, Theologia Moralis. Physical condition of originals: 480ff; 330x225 mm hand-made paper; black ink; watermaks; 67 numerated quires, each sawn (prepared for binding?); unbound. Condition: deformed edges of ff.; stains caused by various micr ...