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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • [Commentary to the Qurʾān: sura 1-57]

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/2
    Commentary to the Qurʾān: sura 1-57. Physical condition of originals: 194 ff.; 270x180 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black ink (comments) red (quranic text); Decoration: text within golden frames, heading:unwan. Cover: board with flap, covered by black l ...
  • Qāmūs ʿArabī wa-Iṭāliyānī – Arabic Italian Dictionary

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/3
    Dictionary Arabic-Italian; table of contents in Italian. Physical condition of originals: 174 pp.; 240x190 mm paper, black ink; Cover: cardboards, spine covered with textile. ...
  • Dīwān

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/4
    Diwan - collected poems. Physical condition of originals: 112 ff.; 230 x 160 mm thick hand-made pape, watermarks; black & red ink. Cover: brown leather blind tooled, medallion on the front and back side. Condition: new flap, water damages; rubrics fadded. ...
  • Dīwān

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/5
    Collected poems. Physical condition of originals: 83 ff.; 235x165 mm hand-made paper, watermarks; black & purple ink. Cover: marbled cardboards, leather spine. Condition: some dampness stains, cover slightly worn. ...
  • Kitāb quddās - lectionary

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/6
    Gospel lectionary. Physical condition of originals: 93 ff.; 235 x 160 mm hand-made paper,watermarks; black & red ink, text framed red. Cove:, brown leather.Condition: bad spine attacked by insekts, sawing almost destroyed. ...
  • Al-īḋāḣāt al- nutqīyah fī sharḣ al-uṡūl al- mantiqīyah – Articulated...

    File Ref: EAP823/1/2/7
    Manual to study of logic. Physical condition of originals: 259 ff.; 135x170 mm machine paper, black, red inks. Cover - lighly brown leather blind tooled. Perfect condition. ...