Eastern Christian Manuscripts

Eastern Christian Manuscripts

HMML’s Eastern Christian Manuscript Collection contains digital images and microfilms for approximately 75,000 manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Partnering with over 70 communities since the 1970s, HMML now holds a unique resource for the study of Eastern Christianity in its historic cradle and areas of early expansion, including important holdings of Armenian, Christian Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Malayalam, Church Slavonic, and Syriac manuscripts.

Highlights

  • Abba Garima Gospels - the oldest known painted gospel books in the world, from the Endā Abbā Garimā Monastery, Tigray Province, Ethiopia (AG 1 and AG 2)
  • EMML microfilm collection of 8,000 Ethiopian manuscripts - the largest in the world - photographed throughout Ethiopia during the 1970 and 1980s
  • A 16th-century copy of the 12th-century Chronicle of Michael the Great from the Syrian Orthodox Church, Archdiocese of Aleppo (SOAA 00250 S)
  • Oldest manuscript in HMML’s collections, a 6th-century gospel book from Meryem Ana Kilisesi, Diyarbakir, Turkey (DIYR 339)
  • Peshitta Institute biblical microfilms from the Middle East (now at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
  • Arthur Vööbus microfilm collection (formerly at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago)
  • Syriac and Ethiopian manuscripts and scrolls from the Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • A significant collection of manuscripts in Church Slavonic from the L'viv Historical Museum, Ukraine (LHMU)


Abba Garima Gospel book, Endā Abbā Garimā Monastery, Tigray Province, Ethiopia (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/132896'>AG 1</a>) Abba Garima Gospel book, Endā Abbā Garimā Monastery, Tigray Province, Ethiopia (AG 1)
HMML’s Eastern Christian collections include a large number of Armenian manuscripts containing important texts and bookbindings, like this silver and jeweled cover of an Armenian gospel book from Anṭilyās, Lebanon (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/510608'>ACC 8</a>) HMML’s Eastern Christian collections include a large number of Armenian manuscripts containing important texts and bookbindings, like this silver and jeweled cover of an Armenian gospel book from Anṭilyās, Lebanon (ACC 8)
Oldest manuscript in HMML’s collections, a 6th-c. gospel book in Syriac from Meryem Ana Kilisesi, Diyarbakir, Turkey (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/125050'>DIYR 339</a>) Oldest manuscript in HMML’s collections, a 6th-c. gospel book in Syriac from Meryem Ana Kilisesi, Diyarbakir, Turkey (DIYR 339)
Chronicle of Michael the Great, Syrian Orthodox Church, Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/500917'>SOAA 250 S</a>) Chronicle of Michael the Great, Syrian Orthodox Church, Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria (SOAA 250 S)
16th-c. bible in Church Slavonic, L'viv Historical Museum, Ukraine (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/146614'>LHMU 157</a>) 16th-c. bible in Church Slavonic, L'viv Historical Museum, Ukraine (LHMU 157)
The famed 14th-c. Miracles of Mary commissioned by King Dawit, Gishen Maryam Monastery, Wallo Province, Ethiopia (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/201729'>EMML 9002</a>) The famed 14th-c. Miracles of Mary commissioned by King Dawit, Gishen Maryam Monastery, Wallo Province, Ethiopia (EMML 9002)

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