Life of Mary


This 16th-century manuscript contains a relatively well preserved copy of Ktāba d-taš’itāh d-qaddištā yāldat alāhā Maryam (Life of Mary) in Syriac, an eastern dialect of Aramaic. The work (in six volumes) was written by Theophilos, the Greek patriarch of Alexandria in 385–412, and copied in 1567–68 by a scribe named Slibona. At the end of this work comes a metrical homily by Jacob of Serugh (died 521) on the death of Mary, the last half of which is missing in this copy. Some corrections and vowel signs have been added by a later hand. A decorative cross and title page begin the work.

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ܟܬܒܐ ܕܬܫܥܝܬܗ̇ ܕܩܕܝܫܬܐ ܝܠܕܬ ܐܠܗܐ ܡܪܝܡ

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183 pages ; 18 x 14 centimeters

Last updated: October 3, 2014