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Nestorian Evangelion

Folio 7v: Last Judgment

The Nestorian Evangelion[1] (French: Evangéliaire nestorien;[2] Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS syr. 344) is a 16th-century Nestorian gospel book which contains 18 illustrations depicting the life of Jesus Christ, with captions in Syriac (larger in size) and Armenian.[3] The manuscript was donated by the archbishop Addaï Scher to the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1909.[4]


The manuscript consists of 10 folios measuring 312 by 198 mm, f1r and f10v (f9v) are blank. According to Jules Leroy, this manuscript would be an illustrated section of a Syriac gospel book the MS Syriac No. 15 kept by the Chaldean Patriarchate of Mosul. The 18 illustrations would have been originally attached to the end of that gospel book of Mosul.[5] If the belonging to the Gospel of Mosul is proven, this manuscript could date back to the year 1497 AD and have been copied in the village of 'WRG, in the diocese of Siirt at the time of the patriarch Mar Simeon, and of Mar Yuḥanon, the bishop of Athel, by someone named Abraham who is the son of Dodo.[4]


The eighteen illustrations:

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  1. ^ Drège, Jean-Pierre (1992). Marco Polo y la Ruta de la Seda. Collection "Aguilar Universal" (in Spanish). 31. Translated by López Carmona, Mari Pepa. Madrid: Aguilar, S. A. de Ediciones. pp. 43 & 187. ISBN 978-8-4036-0187-1.
  2. ^ "Patrimoines partagés : Christianisme". (in French). Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Volume de peintures illustrant la vie de Jésus : view 45". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Cote : Syriaque 344". (in French). Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  5. ^ Leroy, Jules (1964). Les manuscrits syriaques à peintures conservés dans les bibliothèques d'Europe et d'Orient : Contribution à l'étude de l'iconographie des églises de langue syriaque (in French). Paris: P. Geuthner. pp. 417–418.

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