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Apocrypha Syriaca

Apocrypha Syriaca
The Protevangelium Jacobi and Transitus Mariae


  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108043489

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About the Authors
  • The twin sisters Agnes Lewis (1843–1926) and Margaret Gibson (1843–1920) were pioneering biblical scholars who became experts in a number of ancient languages. Travelling widely in the Middle East, they made several significant discoveries, including one of the earliest manuscripts of the Four Gospels in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language probably spoken by Jesus himself. First published in 1902 as part of the Studia Sinaitica, this text is transcribed and translated by Lewis from a Syriac manuscript she acquired in Suez in 1895. As well as featuring pages of the Septaguint and the Peshitta Gospels, the palimpsest includes some Arabic pages including a very early version of the Qur'an (estimated by Lewis as seventh-century). Illustrated with reproductions of the leaves of the various texts, this is a valuable resource for scholars of Syriac, but also of interest for historians of Christianity and Early Islam.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108043489
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Protevangelium Jacobi
    Transitus Mariae
    Isaiah XXXI.6-XXXII.24
    Isaiah XXXIV.1-13
    Exodus XIV.24-31
    Syriac hymn
    Mar Ephraim
    Mar Jacob
    Appendix I. Taylor-Schechter fragments
    Appendix II. Transitus Mariae. Sinae text
    Table of quires
    Index of proper names
    Emendanda to Taylor-Schechter fragments
    Septuagint text Gen. XL.3,4,7
    Coran I
    Coran II
    Arabic document

  • Editor and Translator

    Agnes Smith Lewis

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