The chain of the four Gospels has been preserved in full in a series of manuscripts. F. J. Caubet-Iturbe has the part that concerns the from nine manuscripts (Vatican Library, Arabic 452 [1214], 410 [thirteenth to fourteenth century], 411 [fourteenth century]; Göttingen, Arabic 103 [thirteenth to fourteenth century]; 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 tradition, the closest to the Coptic model is Vatican 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 arabe del evangelio de San Mateo, 2 vols. Vatican City, 1969-1970.