OVERLYING TEXT OVER CHRISTIAN PALESTINIAN-ARAMAIC

MS 037
MS Short Title OVERLYING TEXT OVER CHRISTIAN PALESTINIAN-ARAMAIC
Text
  1. ST. CYRIL: CATACHESES BAPTISMALES, III, 5 - 6
  2. PIMEN:TEACHINGS (THE SAYINGS OF THE HOLY CHURCH FATHER FROM SYRIA TEACHING IN EGYPT)
Description MS palimpsest on vellum, Mt. Sinai, Egypt. Text 1 (underlying text): in Christian Palestinian-Aramaic, 6th c., 1/2 f., 12x19 cm, originally 31x23 cm, 2 columns (12x18 cm, originally ca. 25x21 cm), 12 lines (originally 24 lines) in Christian Palestinian-Aramaic uncial. Text 2 (overlying text): in Georgian, 979, 1 f., 19x12 cm, originally 20x15 cm, single column, (17x12 cm), 25 lines in Khutsuri (Georgian ecclesiastical minuscule) by Ioane Zosime.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1990, green cloth gilt folding case, by Aquarius.
Context

Another 35 ff. = MS 35, and 1 1/2 f. (3 ff.) = MS 36 are possibly from the original codex of 6th c. 16 1/2 ff. (33 ff.), also from the same codex, in St. Petersburg, The National Library of Russia (mostly St. Cyril: Catacheses), brought to St. Petersburg from Mt. Sinai in 1859 together with Codex Sinaiticus by Konstantin von Tischendorf.

Further MSS from Mt. Sinai see MSS 35, 36, 571-585, 613, and 2530

Provenance 1. Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai (6th-19th c.); 2. Friedrich Grote, Germany (ca. 1900); 3. Private collection, Berlin (1929); 4. D. MacLaren; 5. Sotheby's 12.4.1954:302; 6. Dr. Otto Fisher, Detroit; 7. H.P. Kraus, "Monumenta Codicum Manuscriptorum" cat. (1974):2; 8. H.P. Kraus cat. 165(1983):28.
Commentary Underlying text: The script is together with the nearly identical one in "Codex Climachi Rescriptus", Mt. Sinai, mid 6th c., considered the finest and earliest specimen of Christian Palestinian-Aramaic uncial extant. Apart from the 3 MSS in The Schøyen Collection, only the Vatican, St. Petersburg and Mt. Sinai libraries have MSS in this language and script, and even the Mt. Sinai library has only 3, all from 11th c. Text 2 (overlying text) is unique, cf. MS 35/2.
Published Underlying text: Alain Desreumaux: Codex sinaiticus Zosimi rescriptus; Description codicoligique de feuillets araméens melkites des manuscrits Schøyen 35, 36 et 37. In: Histoire du Texte Biblique 3. Lausanne, Éditions du Zèbre, 1997.
Place of origin Egypt
Dates 979 AD

Location