University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 773, New Testament. Acts (Ananias Fragment). 15th or 16th century.


Praxapostolos leaf of Acts in Armenian. Lection numbers in the margins against the text. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Arm. 50.

The leaf is commonly known as the Ananias Fragment because it contains the story found in Acts of the early Christian Church members Ananias and Sapphira, his wife.

  1. fol. [1r] Acts 4:26b-4:36.
  2. fol. [1v] Acts 4:37-5:11. Prayer: O Lord forgive my sins.

Physical Description


Parchment. 132 x 100 mm.

Number of Leaves

1 leaf.


Written space 105 x 70 mm (fol. [1r]). Each column is 105 x 30 mm with a space of 10 mm between.


2 columns, 27 lines. Ruling with hard point.


Written in bolorgir script in black ink.

Text Divisions

Titles in red.


Some grease stains.



The manuscript to which the present leaf belonged is judged to have been written in either the 15th or 16th century. A place of origin is unknown.


Provenance unknown. Catholic Epistle leaves (16) from the original manuscript were owned by Harry Kurdian (1902-1976), of Wichita, Kansas. It is presumed the leaves now are held in the Mekhitarian Monastery of San Lazzaro, Venice, Italy, which received Mr. Kurdian's manuscripts following his death. An additional leaf (Ms. Arm. 3) is said to be in the collection of the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles, California.


Acquired by the University of Chicago from Dawson's Book Shop (Los Angeles), October 1941.


  1. Allen Wikgren, "More Armenian New Testament Manuscripts in the Kurdian Collection," Journal of Biblical Literature 64 (1945), pp. 531-533 (no. 22).
  2. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago:] s.n., 1952), p. 26.
  3. Erroll F. Rhodes, An Annotated List of Armenian New Testament Manuscripts, Annual Report of Theology 1 (1959), p. 138 (1069).
  4. Avedis K. Sanjian, A catalogue of medieval Armenian manuscripts in the United States (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976), p. 221.