The Four Gospels


This volume contains a lectionary—a collection of biblical texts to be read according to the church calendar—for readings from the Gospels. The language is Arabic, but it is written in West Syriac script (Serto) rather than in Arabic letters, a phenomenon known as Garshuni. The table of readings given at the beginning of the manuscript, however, is in Syriac, not Arabic. Each reading is numbered in the margin, and the proper time in the year for it is indicated in red ink at the head of each reading. These date indications in Arabic are often also given in Syriac in the margins. A lengthy colophon concludes the manuscript, which was copied in the late 17th century at the monastery of Dayr Qanubin in Lebanon.

Last updated: February 27, 2015