University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 829, New Testament. Syriac. Peshitta (Kurdistan Fragments). 9th century.


Peshitta New Testament leaves in Syriac. Reading divisions in the margins. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Syr. 31.

  1. pp. 343-344 1 Peter (incomplete, begins at 1:9 and ends with 2:7).
  2. pp. 377-378 Romans (begins at 7:19 and ends with 8:22).

Physical Description


Parchment. 250 x 165 mm.

Number of Leaves

2 leaves. Modern pagination in Arabic numerals in pencil.


Written space 190 x 120 (p. 377).


1 column, 29 lines.


Written in Estrangelo script in black ink. Occasional East Syriac vowels.


Leaves are cockled. Edges are dry and cracked. Random grease and dirt stains.

Binding Description

Binding is lost.



The manuscript to which the present leaves belonged is judged to have been written in the 9th century. A place of origin is unknown.


Medieval to early 20th century provenance unknown. Belonged to Isaac M. Jonan of Oak Park, Illinois. The leaves were said to have come from Kurdistan.


Acquired by the University of Chicago from Isaac M. Jonan, January 14, 1933.


  1. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago:] s.n., 1952), p. 21.
  2. James T. Clemons, "A checklist of Syriac manuscripts in the United States and Canada," Orientalia Christiana Periodica 32 (1966), p. 480 (198).
  3. James T. Clemons, An index of Syriac manuscripts containing the epistles and the Apocalypse. Studies and Documents 33 (1968), p. 14 (198).
  4. Aaron M. Butts, "Syriac manuscripts in the Edgar J. Goodspeed Collection of the Special Collections Library of the University of Chicago." (Unpublished work, 2009).
  5. Dale A. Johnson, "The Goodspeed Syriac Fragments from the Goodspeed Collection, University of Chicago, Mss. 829, 716, 823." (Unpublished work, 2009).