Life of Barsawma


This undated manuscript of Ktāba d-ḥayyāw(y) d-qaddišā mār(y) Barṣawmā (Life of Barsawma) contains a narrative of the miraculous life of Barsawma (died about 492). The manuscript is in Syriac, but this text also is known in Ge'ez, the classical language of Ethiopia. Barsawma is said to have performed about 100 miracles, detailed here, and he was involved in the Christological controversies of the fifth century. A famous monastery near Melitene in present-day Turkey is named after him. The folios of the manuscript are unnumbered, but it is evident that the first quire at the beginning and a few folios at the end are missing. The script around the edges of the page is noticeably flowing.

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ܟܬܒܐ ܕܚܝ̈ܘܗܝ ܕܩܕܝܫܐ ܡܪܝ ܒܪܨܘܡܐ

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148 pages ; 18 x 13 centimeters

Last updated: July 12, 2012