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Earliest known date attached to four Gospels
OK, well then. Here's what we know so far:

(a) The Church in Baghdad was named Mar Sawrisho
(b) The CoE Patriarch, Mar Elia III, recorded the passage of the colophon to the Gospels
© Mar Elia III was Patriarch of the CoE from 1176-1190 AD
(d) Assemani did not himself see the manuscript, but is merely recording the entry in folio 140 of Mar Elia's Homilies

That leaves us with about 600 years from Mar Elia to Assemani.

What we need is exact translation of the Latin: does Assemani simply quote folio 140 of Mar Elia's Homily, and that is the reference given at the start of this thread?

If so, there is no proof that this manuscript is known today in the possession of anyone. It could have been destroyed during the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols and Turks. Or the story could continue, as I've heard it, that the Rassam Family in Baghdad (Chaldeans) had possession of it until its eventual transfer to the Vatican.
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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Re: Earliest known date attached to four Gospels - by Paul Younan - 03-21-2009, 04:55 AM

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