Arabic Tradition Of Catena


The chain of the has been preserved in full in a series of Arabic manuscripts. F. J. Caubet-Iturbe has edited the part that concerns the Gospel of Matthew from nine Arabic manuscripts (Vatican Library, Arabic 452 [1214], 410 [thirteenth to fourteenth century], 411 [fourteenth century]; Göttingen, Arabic 103 [thirteenth to fourteenth century]; Bodleian Library, Hunt. 262 [sixteenth century]; Strasbourg, Arabic 4315 [sixteenth century]; Paris, Arabic 55 [1619]; Cairo, 195 [1735]; Vatican Library, Karshuni 541 [1555]; cf. Graf, 1944, p. 482).

Caubet-Iturbe’s edition comprises two volumes (1969-1970). Liturgical references found in the margins of certain have been assembled in Volume 2 (pp. 52-55).

From this abundant Arabic tradition, the manuscript closest to the Coptic model is Vatican Arabic 452. In the Arabic texts certain citations have been omitted. The identification of the citations has not yet been made for the three chains of Mark, Matthew, and John.


  • Caubet-Iturbe, F. J. La cadena del evangelio de San Mateo, 2 vols. Vatican City, 1969-1970.