Scope and Contents
A copy of the New Testament, including Acts and Epistles, on vellum. It includes one miniature painting which is inserted loose between a paper flyleaf and fol. 1. It measures 17 by 16.5 cm, smaller in size than the main manuscript. The leaf contains a depiction of King David and could date from the 16th century.
3ra–145vb: New Testament Epistles
Detailed description: fols 3ra–23ra: Romans; 23ra–43va: 1 Corinthians (23ra–23va: Introduction, 23vb–43va: 1 Corinthians); 43vb–56ra: 2 Corinthians (43vb: Introduction, 44ra–56ra: 2 Corinthians); 56rb–62va: Galatians (56rb: Introduction, 56va–62va: Galatians); 62va–68va: Ephesians (62va: Introduction, 62vb–68va: Ephesians); 68va–73ra: Philippians (68va–b: Introduction, 68vb–73ra: Philippians); 73rb–77vb: Colossians (73rb: Introduction, 73va–77vb: Colossians); 77vb–82rb: 1 Thessalonians (77vb: Introduction, 78ra–82rb: 1 Thessalonians); 82rb–85ra: 2 Thessalonians (82rb–va: Introduction, 82vb–85ra: 2 Thessalonians); 85ra: Introduction to Timothy; 85rb–90va: 1 Timothy; 90va–b: Introduction to why Timothy wrote; 90vb–94rb: 2 Timothy; 94va–96vb: Titus (94va: Introduction, 94vb–96vb: Titus); 97ra–98ra: Philemon (97ra: Introduction, 97rb–98ra: Philemon); 98rb–114va: Hebrews (98rb–99rb: Introduction, 99va–114va: Hebrews); 115ra–116va: Introduction to why Peter wrote; 117ra–123ra: 1 Peter; 123ra–127va: 2 Peter (123ra–va: Introduction, 123vb–127va: 2 Peter); 127va–128va: Introduction to why John wrote; 128vb–134rb: 1 John; 134va–135ra: 2 John; 135rb–136ra: 3 John (135rb: Introduction, 135rb–136ra: 3 John); 135ra–142va: James (136ra–138ra: Introduction, 138rb–142va: James); 142vb–145vb: Judas (142vb–144ra: Introduction, 144rb–145vb: Judas).
The manuscript at one point in time belonged to the Church of the Saviour of the World (Madḫāne ʿĀlam) at Magdala (fol. 3r). — On fol. 2v, there is another ownership note, saying that it belongs to the church of Baʾatā. On fol. 146v, this is further elaborated as Baʾatā of Gʷandar (Gondar), and the name of scribe is given as Kidānu. — Supplication for Diyonāsǝyos (fol. 193rb, rewritten). — Different quire numberings within the manuscript might indicate that it is a composite manuscript.
217 folios, 23.5 by 20.5 cm. It includes one miniature painting, 17 by 16.5 cm, which is inserted loose. It is bound in plain wooden boards, rebacked in modern calf with a printed title on the spine.