Syriac New Testament (British Library, Add. 14479)

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British Library, Add. 14479, Syriac manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. It is dated by a colophon to the year 534. It is one of the oldest manuscript of Peshitta and the earliest dated Peshitta Apostolos.[1]


It contains the text of the fourteen Pauline epistles,[2] on 101 leaves (8 ⅞ by 5 ½ inches), with only three lacunae (folio 1, 29, and 38). Written in one column per page, in 25-33 lines per page. The Hebrews is placed after Philemon.[3][4] Numerous Syriac vowels and signs of punctuations have been added by a Nestorian hand, as well as a few Greek vowels by another reader.[3]

It was written for the monastery in Edessa,[4] in a small, elegant Estrangela hand in the year 533-534.[1] The first folio was supplemented by a later hand in the twelfth century, folio 28 and 39 were supplemented in the thirteenth century.[3]

The manuscript is housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts 14479) in London.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Bruce M. Metzger, The Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Transmission and Limitations (Oxford University Press 1977), p. 51.
  2. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 2 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b c William Wright, Catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the British Museum (2002), p. 86.
  4. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1902). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 2. Leipzig. p. 520. 

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