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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  • 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 ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/6
    3r-44v: Didactic work: Mäʿǝdan ([Spiritual] Instruction), in Amharic;45r-58v: Introduction to the Miracles of Mary (Tä’ammǝrä Maryam) and five miracles –last text not finished ;59v-68v: Anaphora of Mary by Kyriako’s of Behnesa – text not finished; 69r-76v: ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/7
    Contents: Extra f. verso: notes in Amharic;ff. 1r -111r: Arganonä Wǝddase (The Organ of Prise), text glorifying the Virgin Mary ascribed to Giyorgis of Sägla (14th/15th c);ff. 111v – 114v: Mäftǝḥä śǝray (collection of magic prayers), not complete; Physical ...
  • fragment

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/8
    1r-3v: List of the Marian fests with dates of commemoration. Physical condition of originals: 6 ff; 19.5x15 cm. Parchment, black&red ink; quire composed of 6 loose folios. ...
  • Book for the funeral services: Gǝnzät (the book of the [corps’s] wrapping)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/9
    Physical condition of originals: 78 ff; 21x17 cm Parchment; black and red ink; unbound. Decoration: on f. 1r and 7r ornamented bands executed in black ink and colours, containing interlaces, the motifs of eye and faces. Good condition. ...
  • prayer scroll

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/10
    Prayer of St Susenyos. Physical condition of originals: 18.1x17.5 cm (three pieces sawn together: (670+640+500mm) parchment (artificially made look older); black, pink and green industrial ink. Decoration:bands filled with floral motives; 4 magic picture: ...
  • prayer scroll

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/11
    1. Invocation to St Susenyos, his short story and his prayer-conjuration (the text applied to protect the pregnant women and these with new-born child). 2. Invocation to the archangels Michael and Gabriel (for regular menstruation and protection against ha ...
  • prayer scroll

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/12
    Prayer to St. Susenyos; beginning of the Gospel of John; Intercession prayer to the archangel Fanuel and the Virgin Mary; Mysterious names of God; Physical condition of originals: 16.4x7 cm: three pieces sawn together (590+560+490mm; parchment; black&red i ...
  • prayer scoll

    File Ref: EAP823/1/1/13
    Side A internal: invocation to the Trinity; the prayer recalling the name of Christ prayer directed to the archangels Michael and Gabrie; invocation to Michael and Gabriel for protection against the demons and evil eye; invocation for protection against th ...