CODEX ARMENICUS RESCRIPTUS

MS 575
MS Short Title CODEX ARMENICUS RESCRIPTUS
Text CODEX ARMENICUS RESCRIPTUS
  1. JOHANNES CHRYSOSTOMUS: HOMILIES ON THE PSALTER
  2. PARAKLETIKON: MELKITE LITURGICAL PRAYERS, INCLUDING A TRACT ON THE MOBILITAS DEMON
Description MS palimpsest on vellum, Mt. Sinai, Egypt, text 1 (underlying text): in Armenian, 6th c., 18 ff., 23x17 cm, 2 columns, (19x16 cm), 25 lines in Armenian uncial (Erkathgir). Text 2 (overlying text): In Syriac, 8th c., single column, (18x13 cm), 19-23 lines in Syriac estrangela book script, with 7 interlinear decorations.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1990, green cloth gilt folding case by Aquarius.
Context 94 ff, now in Leiden, Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit OR 14236; 1f: Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana A 296 inf. (fol.4); Fragments: Monastery of St Catherine, Mt. Sinai, Sinai Syr. Sparagma 12.
Provenance 1. Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai (6th – 19th c.); 2. Friedrich Grote, Germany (ca. 1900); 3. Walther Adam, Magdeburg and Goslar (1918/30-1964); 4. Carl Wilhelm Adam, Goslar (1964-1987); 5. F. Dörling, Hamburg 1.6.1987:29; 6. Sam Fogg, London.
Commentary Among the earliest examples of Armenian. This MS was identified by Nerses Akinian as "the most important and oldest palimpsest from the Golden Age of Armenian literature in the 6th c.". Text 2 is unique, and the oldest evidence of the Melchite liturgy in Syriac. There are 20 MSS from Mt. Sinai in The Schøyen Collection. Besides the monastery's own famous library (4300 MSS), only The British Library (8 MSS) and The National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, have comparable holdings. Assfalg: Syrische Handschriften, pp. 211-13, No. 109-110, S 11 & 13.
Exhibited Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo. Sept. 1994.
Place of origin Egypt
Dates 6c and 8c AD

Location