A Nestorian Aramaic Bible?
- Anyone have accurate information about the Khabouris manuscript
similar versions with additional info at
http://www.aramaicbiblecenter.com/khabouris1.html)? I'm told that it is
parchment, bound between olive-wood covers. I am told that on the first
page, there was a certification by the clerk who copied it, stating that
the book was an exact copy of the original which is said to have been
compiled in 400 AD (on the basis of what???). The book was discovered in
1966, and is described as a copy of much of the New Testament in
Aramaic. Is this a version of the Peshitta (Aramaic bible), meaning a
translation from a Greek original back into Aramaic?
Apparently a book on this manuscript was published in 1994 (Khaboris
Manuscript : Enlightment; Publisher:
The Foundation of Human Understanding, 98 pp., ISBN: 093390018X)
If it is indeed Nestorian in origin, the version of Matthew in it might be
of considerable interest. An English translation of much of the Gospel of
Matthew from this manuscript is on the Internet at
with a message at the end inviting correspondence about the manuscript to
Email: Zachariah Mebaqqer. The English translation includes parenthetical
references to key words.
The document is referenced at the Nestorian web pages,
This manuscript has been discussed on B-Greek, and our own Jim West was
involved, but I know of this only second hand, so I don't know much about
any "conclusions" or any consensus about the mss. on that forum.
Work is under way to place images of the original on the web
So, is this a translation into Aramaic from Greek, or is there a chance
that it is based on an Aramaic tradition not influenced by the Greek versions?
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