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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  • Hebrew Manuscripts

    Collection Ref: EAP823/1/6
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  • Kitāb al-khāshī fī mawlid adwah Mūsá Shalūm –The book of the fearer on the...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/21
    liturgical text for public reading honoring the birthday of Moses. Physical condition of originals: 43 ff.; 250x160 mm paper, black and brown inks; Decorated frontispiece. In the cover fragment of other manuscript. Condition: very bad , water stains, ink s ...
  • Miscellanea

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/95
    Various religious texts in 19 fascicles: eg. commenatries on the biblical texts, benedictions, sermons, paryers, fragments of the church history, horologium, text: Al-sirat al-mustakim ilà makarr al-naim – the way of true sanctification, exercises in trans ...
  • Seper magen Avraham -The Book of the Shield of Abraham

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/1
    Polemic treatise against the Christian interparation of the Old Testment. Physical condition of originals: 113 ff; 210x150 mm paper, coloured edges; black ink; cardboard cover, spine brown leather, worn at the edges; condition of book-block good. ...
  • Torah (fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/2
    Pentateuch, Old Testament (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 7 pp; 77.5 (2 pieces: 26.5+51) x24 cm; written in 4 columns parchment (2 pieces sawn together and folded); black ink; modern cardboard cover. ...
  • 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: EAP823/1/6/7
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 147 cm (2 pieces sawn together 71 + 75) x 55 cm; written in 10 columns. ...
  • Torah

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/8
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 47x65 cm; written in 4 columns roll; one piece of parchment (membrana theutonica); black ink. ...
  • (Torah Fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/9
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 44 x74 cm; written in 5 columns parchment; black ink (fragment, one piece); last section torn. ...
  • Torah (fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/10
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 194 cm (three stripes sawn together (64 + 45 + 65) x 43 cm; written in 14 columns parchment; black ink. ...
  • Torah (fragment)

    File Ref: EAP823/1/6/11
    Old Testament, Pentateuch (fragment). Physical condition of originals: 156 cm (3 pieces sawn togehter 47+53+56) x 50 cm; written in 9 columns parchment, black ink. Condition: traces of mould and holes made by rodents, some pages cut. ...