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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  • Hebrew Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/6
  • Seder

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/3
    Prayers for Sabath. Physical condition of originals: 115 ff; 235x170 mm paper; black ink; coverwith flap: blue cardboard wrapped in plastic. ...
  • Torah

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/4
    Old Testament; Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 372x 27 cm (7 pieces sawn together: 80+59+47+72+11+74)x 27 cm; written in 28 columns roll; paper; black ink;last section damaged; kept in a cardboard tube. ...
  • Torah (fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/5
    Old Testament (fragment of Penatateuch). Physical condition of originals: 2 m 44.5 cm 4 pieces (39.5+66+70+70) x 37 cm; written in 13 columns roll; parchment; black ink; kept in a cardboard tube. ...
  • Torah

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/6
    Old Testament Pentateuch of Nablus. Physical condition of originals: 70 pp 28x38 cm glued together; 410 cm roll; paper; black ink; preserved in metal tube. ...
  • Torah (fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/14
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment) - Deuteronomy. Physical condition of originals: 97 ff; 222x170 mm paper; black ink; cover: cardboard with flap covreed with plastic. ...
  • Torah

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/16
    Old Testament, Pentateuch. Gifted to the library by Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa, March 2014. Physical condition of originals: 1680 cm (24 straps 70x50 cm sawn together) x 50 cm roll; polished paper; black ink; Wrapped in dark green enbroided fabric; kep ...