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Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption$

Stephen J. Shoemaker

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Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century

Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century

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After Michel van Esbroeck, ‘Les Textes littéraires sur l'assomption avant le Xe siècle’, in François Bovon (ed.), Les Actes apocryphes des apôtres (Geneva: Labor et Fides, 1981), 266–8. The numbers assigned to the different narratives are borrowed from van Esbroeck's earlier catalogue, as are many of the ‘titles’ and references to unpublished manuscripts. For a more complete listing of manuscripts, see the entries for individual works in Simon C. Mimouni, Dormition et assomption de Marie: Histoire des traditions anciennes, Théologie Historique, 98 (Paris: Beauchesne, 1995).

A. Arabic Traditions

AB1 (= S 3) ‘The Six Books’

Enger, Maximillian, ed., Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Akhbâr Yûhannâ as‐salîh fi naqlat umm al‐masîh), id est Joannis apostoli de transitu Beatae Mariae Virginis liber (Eberfeld: R. L. Friderichs, 1854).

AB2 Cyril of Alexandria, Homily for 21 Tobe

‘Abdal‐Masih Sulaiman, ed., Kitâb mayâmir ‘agâ'ib is‐sayyidatil‐‘adhra Miryam (Cairo, 1916 (1st edn.), 143–68; 1927 (2nd edn.), 210–48; 1947 (3rd edn.), 169–90). [I have been unable to locate a copy of this work. Reference is from Mimouni, Dormition, 222 n. 40.]

AB3 Cyril of Alexandria, Homily for 16 Mesore

‘Abdal‐Masih Sulaiman, ed., Kitâb mayâmir ‘agâ'ib is‐sayyidatil‐‘adhra Miryam (Cairo, 1916 (1st edn.), 169–86; 1927 (2nd edn.), 248–60; 1947 (3rd edn.), 192–200). [I have been unable to locate a copy of this work. Reference is from Mimouni, Dormition, 224 n. 46.]

AB4 (= C 5) Theodosius of Alexandria, Homily on the Dormition

Unedited. Vaticanus arabicus MS 698, fol. 85–102.

AB5 Transitus from Paris ar. 150

Unedited. Bibliothèque National, Paris, MS arabe 150, fol. 157r–170v.

Leroy, L., ‘La Dormition de Marie’, Revue de l'Orient Chrétien, 15 (1910), 162–72 (French translation). (p.420) AB6 (= G 8) Theophilus of Landra, Homily on the Dormition

Unedited. Vaticanus arabicus MS 698, fol. 41–8.

AB7 (= E 5) Sermon of Cyriacus of Behnasa (Oxyrhynchus), Homily on the Dormition

Unedited. Vaticanus arabicus MS 170, fol. 317–39.

AB8 Euthymiac History

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘Un témoin indirect de l'Histoire Eutymiaque dans une lecture arabe pour l'Assomption’, Parole de l'Orient, 6–7 (1975–6), 485–8.

AB9 Transitus of John the Evangelist

Unedited. Vaticanus arabicus MS 698, fol. 51–84.

AB10 MS Cairo, Coptic Museum 105 (Hist. 477)

Unedited. Coptic Museum, Cairo, MS 105 (Hist. 477), fol. 145r–154v.

B. Armenian Traditions

AM1 ‘Standard Transitus

Tayets‘i, Esayi, ed., ‘Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century(A Narration concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever‐Virgin Mary by the Blessed Nicodemus)’, in Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Ankanon girk‘ Nor Ktakaranats‘ [Apocryphal Books of the New Testament]), T‘angaran haykakan hin ew nor dprut‘eants‘, 2 (Venice: I Tparani S. Łazaru, 1898), 451–77.

Vetter, Paul, ‘Die armenische “Dormitio Mariae” ’, Theologische Quartalschrift, 84 (1902), 321–49 (German translation of a more critical text; Armenian text not given).

AM2 (= S 4) Jacob of Serug, Homily on the Dormition

Unedited. Bibliothèque National, Paris, MS arméniene 117, fol. 156–8.

AM3 Ps.‐John Chrysostom, Homily on the Dormition

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘Une homélie arménienne sur la dormition attribuée à Chrysostome’, Oriens Christianus, 74 (1990): 199–233.

AM4 (Ps.‐)Moses Chorenatsi, ‘Reply to the Letter of Isaac’

Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century(Reply to the Letter of Sahak), in Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Srboy horn meroy Movsesi Khorenats‘woy matenagrut‘iwnk‘ [The Writings of our Holy Father Moses Khorenatsi]), 2nd edn. (Venice: I Tparani S. Łazaru, 1865), 283–96.

Dasnabedian, Thamar, ‘L'histoire de l'icône de Hogeac‘ Vank‘. Une attribution à Moïse K‘ert‘ol’, Handes Amsoreay, 107 (1993), 149–66;

repr. in La Mère de Dieu: Études sur l'Assomption et sur l'image de la très‐sainte Mère de Dieu (Antelias: Catholicossat Armenien de Cilicie, 1995), 9–50 (French translation).

(p.421) AM5 Zachariah the Catholicos, Homily on the Dormition

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘L'homélie Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century, ses attributs et sa métamorphose’, Hask, NS 6 (1994), 47–66.

Dasnabedian, Thamar, ‘Une homélie arménienne sur le transitus de la Mère de Dieu et sur son image’, Bazmavep, 1–4 (1992), 217–35;

repr. in La Mère de Dieu: Études sur l'Assomption et sur l'image de la très‐sainte Mère de Dieu (Antelias: Catholicossat Armenien de Cilicie, 1995), 73–102 (French translation of a closely related version that has combined the traditions of AM 3 and AM 4).

AM6 (= G 6) Résumé of John of Thessalonica

Dasnabedian, Thamar, ‘Une récit arménien du Pseudo‐Jean l’Évangéliste sur la Dormition’, Armach, 1 (1992), 27–38;

repr. in La Mère de Dieu: Études sur l'Assomption et sur l'image de la très‐sainte Mère de Dieu (Antelias: Catholicossat Armenien de Cilicie, 1995), 51–72.

AM7 Letter of Pseudo‐Dionysius the Areopagite to Titus

Sruandzteants‘, Garegin, ed., Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (The Letter of Dionysius the Areopagite), in Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Hnots‘ ew norots‘ patmut‘iwn vasn Dawt‘i ew Movsesi Khorenats‘woy [History of the Old and New concerning David and Moses Khorenatsi]), (Constantinople: Tpagrut‘iwn E. M. Tntesean, 1874), 110–15.

Vetter, Paul, ‘Das apocryphe Schreiben Dionysius des Areopagiten an Titus über die Aufnahme Mariä’, Theologische Quartalschrift, 69 (1887), 133–8 (German translation of text published in article below).

—— ‘Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century(The Apocryphal Letter of Dionysius the Areopagite to Titus concerning the Dormition of Mary)’, in J. Dashian (ed.), Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Haykakan ashkhatsirut‘iwnk‘ [Armenian Studies]), Azgayin matenadaran, 17 (Vienna: Mkhit‘arean Tparan, 1895), 11–17 (Armenian translation of the above article, including original Armenian text of the letter).

C. Coptic Traditions

C1 ‘Standard Transitus’ (= E1 = S1 = I1)

MacCoull, Leslie S. B., ‘MoreCopticPapyrifromtheBeineckeCollection’, Archiv für Papyrusforschung, 35 (1989), 25–35, with pl. 4. (p.422)

Revillout, E., ed., Évangile des douze apôtres, PO 2. 2 (Paris: Librairie de Paris/Firmin‐Didot et Cie, 1907), 174–83.

Sellew, Philip, ‘An Early Coptic Witness to the Dormitio Mariae at Yale: P. CtYBR inv. 1788 Revisited’, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 37 (2000), 37–69.

C2 Ps.‐Cyril of Jerusalem, Homily on the Dormition

Budge, E. A. W., ed., Miscellaneous Coptic Texts in the Dialect of Upper Egypt (London: British Museum, 1915), 49–73 (Copt.) and 626–50 (Eng.).

Campagnano, Antonella, ed., Ps. Cirillo di Gerusalemme: Omelie copte sulla Passione, sulla Croce e sulla Vergine, Testi e Documenti per lo Studio dell'Antichita, LXV (Milan: Cisalpiono‐Goliardica, 1980), 151–95.

Robinson, Forbes, ed., Coptic Apocryphal Gospels, Texts and Studies, IV (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896), 24–41.

Unedited. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, MS M 597 fol. 46r–74v.

C3 Evodius of Rome, Homily on the Dormition (‘Sahidic version’; St Mich. version)

Shoemaker, Stephen J., ‘The Sahidic Coptic Homily on the Dormition of the Virgin Attributed to Evodius of Rome: An Edition of Morgan MSS 596 & 598 with Translation’, Analecta Bollandiana, 117 (1999), 241–83.

C4 Evodius of Rome, Homily on the Dormition (‘Bohairic version’; St Mac. and W. Mon. versions)

de Lagarde, Paul, ed., Aegyptiaca (Göttingen: A. Hoyer, 1883; repr. Osnabrück: Otto Zeller Verlag, 1972), 38–63 (text of St Mac. version).

Robinson, Forbes, ed., Coptic Apocryphal Gospels, Texts and Studies, IV (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896), 45–67 (English translation of St Mac. version); 67–89 (text and translation of W. Mon. version).

White, H. G. E., ed., The Monasteries of the Wadi ’n Natrûn, i. New Coptic Texts from the Monastery of Saint Macarius (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926), 54–8 (fragments).

C5 (= AB 4) Theodosius of Alexandria, Homily on the Dormition

Bellet, P. M., ‘Theodosio de Alejandria y su homilia copta sobre la Asunción de la Virgen’, Ephemerides Mariologicae, 1 (1951), 243–66.

Chaîne, Marius, ‘Sermon de Théodose Patriarche d'Alexandrie sur la Dormition et l'Assomption de la Vierge’, Revue de l'Orient Chrétien, 29 (1933–4), 272–314. (p.423)

Robinson, Forbes, ed., Coptic Apocryphal Gospels, Texts and Studies, IV (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896), 90–127.

White, H. G. E., ed., The Monasteries of the Wadi ’n Natrûn, i. New Coptic Texts from the Monastery of Saint Macarius (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926), 60–2 (fragments).

C6 Ps.‐Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Dormition

Worrell, W. H., ed., The Coptic Texts in the Freer Collection (New York: Macmillan, 1923), 249–321 (Copt.) and 359–80 (Eng.).

Unedited. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, MS M 600, fol. 46–63.

C7 Bohairic Fragments

White, H. G. E., ed., The Monasteries of the Wadi ’n Natrûn, i. New Coptic Texts from the Monastery of Saint Macarius (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926), 55–8.

D. Ethiopic Traditions

E1 (= S1 = C1 = I1) Liber Requiei

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), i. 1–84 (Eth.) and 1–54 (Lat.).

Lantschoot, A. van, ‘Contribution aux Actes de S. Pierre et de S. Paul’, Le Muséon, 68 (1955), 17–46.

E2 (= S3) The Six Books

Chaine, Marius, ed., Apocrypha de Beata Maria Virgine, CSCO 39–40 (Rome: Karolus de Luigi, 1909), 21–49 (Eth.) and 17–42 (Lat.).

E3 Résumé of The Six Books

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), i. 85–100 (Eth.) and 55–66 (Lat.).

E4 Cyril of Jerusalem, Homily on the Dormition

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), ii. 1–33 (Eth.) and 1–25 (Lat.).

E5 (= AB 7) Cyriacus of Behnesa (Oxyrhynchus), Homily on the Dormition

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), ii. 34–55 (Eth.) and 26–42 (Lat.). (p.424) E6 John the Metropolitan, Homily on the Dormition

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), ii. 56–61 (Eth.) and 43–6 (Lat.).

E7 A Reading concerning the Apostle Thomas

Arras, Victor, ed., De Transitu Mariae Aethiopice, 2 vols., CSCO 342–3, 351–2 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973), ii. 62–72 (Eth.) and 47–55 (Lat.).

E. Greek Traditions

G1 The Greek Transitus

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 210–41.

Manns, Frédéric, OFM, Le Récit de la dormition de Marie (Vatican grec 1982), Contribution à l’étude de origines de l'exégèse chrétienne, Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Collectio Maior, 33 (Jerusalem: Franciscan Printing Press, 1989) (in appendix; includes reproduction of Vatican Greek 1982).

G2 (= I4) Transitus of John the Evangelist

Tischendorf, Konstantin, ed., Apocalypses Apocryphae (Leipzig: Herm. Mendelssohn, 1866), 95–110.

James, Montague Rhodes, The Apocryphal New Testament, corr. edn. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), 201–9 (English translation).

Elliott, J. K., The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 701–8 (English translation).

G3 (1st version), G4 (2nd version) and G5 (various alternative endings) John of Thessalonica, Homily on the Dormition

Jugie, Martin, AA, ed., Homélies mariales byzantine (II), PO 19. 3 (Paris: Librairie de Paris/Firmin‐Didot et Cie, 1926), 344–438.

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 47–70 (English translation of 1st version [G3]).

G6 (= AM6) Résumé of John of Thessalonica

Halkin, F., ‘Une légende byzantine de la Dormition: L'Epitomé du récit de Jean de Thessalonique’, Revue des Études Byzantines, 11 (1953), 156–64.

G7 (= I7) Euthymiac History

Unedited. Sinaiticus Codex 491, fol. 246v–251.

Kotter, Bernard, ed., Die Schriften des Johannes von Damaskus, v. Opera homiletica et hagiographica (Walter de Gruyter: Berlin, 1988), 536–9. (p.425) G8 (= AB6) Theoteknos of Livias, Homily on the Dormition

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 271–91.

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 71–81 (English translation).

G9 (Ps.‐) Modestus of Jerusalem, Homily on the Dormition PG 86. 3277–312.

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 83–102 (English translation).

G10 Andrew of Crete, Homilies on the Dormition PG 97. 1045–110.

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 103–52 (English translation).

G11 John of Damascus, Homilies on the Dormition PG 96. 697–762.

Allies, Mary H., St. John Damascene on Holy Images followed by Three Sermons on the Assumption (London: Thomas Baker, 1898) (English translation).

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 183–239 (English translation).

Kotter, Bernard, ed., Die Schriften des Johannes von Damaskus, v. Opera homiletica et hagiographica (Walter de Gruyter: Berlin, 1988), 461–555.

Voulet, P., ed., Homélies dur la nativité et la dormition, SC 80 (Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 1961), 80–197.

G12 Germanus of Constantinople, Homily on the Dormition PG 98. 340–72.

Daley, Brian E., SJ, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1998), 153–81 (English translation).

G13 Cosmas Vestitor, Four Homilies on the Dormition

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 315–33. (p.426) F. Irish Traditions

H1 The Testament of Mary

Donahue, Charles, ed., The Testament of Mary: The Gaelic Version of the Dormitio Mariae together with an Irish Latin Version, Fordham University Studies, Language Series, 1 (New York: Fordham University Press, 1942).

H2 Transitus Mariae

Herbert, Máire, and McNamara, Martin, eds., Irish Biblical Apocrypha (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1989), 119–31 (English translation).

Unpublished. Liber Flavus Fergusiorum. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, MS 23 O 48.

G. Georgian Traditions

I1 (= E1 = S1 = C1), I2, and I3 (= E1 = S1 = C1), Early Fragments from the Klardjeti Homiliary

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘Apocryphes géorgiens de la Dormition’, Analecta Bollandiana, 92 (1973), 55–75.

Mgaloblir̂svili, Tamila, ed., Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (K'larjuli mravaltavi [The Klardjeti Homiliary]), Zveli kartuli mcerlobis zeglebi, 12 (Tbilisi: ‘Metsnieba’, 1991), 420–5.

I4 (= G2) Transitus of John the Evangelist

Unedited. Athos Iviron MS 11, fol. 156rb–162rb; Tiflis MS A‐144, fol. 195vb–201vb; Jerusalem Georgian MS 178, fol. 142v–148v.

I5 Transitus of Pseudo‐Basil of Caesarea

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘L'Assomption de la Vierge dans un Transitus Pseudo‐Basilien’, Analecta Bollandiana, 92 (1974), 128–63.

I6 Reading for 13 August

Esbroeck, Michel van, ‘Nouveaux Apocryphes de la Dormition conservés en Géorgien’, Analecta Bollandiana, 90 (1972), 363–9.

I7 (= G7) Euthymiac History

Unedited. Kutaïs MS 3, fol. 377–9.

I8 (Ps.‐?) Maximus the Confessor, Life of the Virgin

Esbroeck, Michel van, ed., Maxime le Confesseur: Vie de la Vierge, CSCO 478–9 (Louvain: Peeters, 1986).

H. Latin Traditions

L1 Transitus of Pseudo‐Melito

Elliott, J. K., The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 708–14 (English translation). (p.427)

Haibach‐Reinisch, Monika, ed., Ein neuer ‘Transitus Mariae’ des Pseudo‐Melito (Rome: Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis, 1962).

James, Montague Rhodes, The Apocryphal New Testament, corr. edn. (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1989), 209–16 (English translation).

Tischendorf, Konstantin, ed., Apocalypses Apocryphae (Leipzig: Herm. Mendelssohn, 1866), 124–36.

L2 Transitus ‘W’

Capelle, Bernard, ‘Vestiges grecs et latins d'un antique “Transitus” de la Vierge’, Analecta Bollandiana, 67 (1949), 21–48.

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 258–9. (‘Type N’)

Wilmart, A. ed., Analecta Reginensia: Extraits des manuscrits Latins de la Reine christine conservés au Vatican, Studi e Testi, 59 (Vatican: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1933), 323–62.

L3 Transitus of Pseudo‐Joseph of Arimathea

Tischendorf, Konstantin, ed., Apocalypses Apocryphae (Leipzig: Herm. Mendelssohn, 1866), 113–23.

L4 ‘The Archaic Transitus

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 245–56.

L5 Cosmas Vestitor, Homilies on the Dormition

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 315–44.

L6 John of Arezzo, Homily on the Dormition

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 337–62.

L7 Gregory of Tours, In gloria Martyrum

Krusch, B. ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis miracula et opera minora, 2nd edn., Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores Rerum Merovingicarum, 1/2 (Hanover: Impensis Bibliopolii Hahniani, 1969), 39 and 43.

L8 (= G 2) Transitus from the Laurentienne MS

Wenger, Antoine, AA, L'Assomption de la T. S. Vierge dans la tradition byzantine du VIe au Xe siècle, Archives de l'Orient Chrétien, 5 (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1955), 357–62. (p.428) I. Syriac Traditions

S1 (= E1 = C1 = S1) Obsequies

Wright, William, ed., Contributions to the Apocryphal Literature of the New Testament (London: Williams & Norgate, 1865), Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century and 42–51.

S2 Transitus Mariae

Wright, William, ed., Contributions to the Apocryphal Literature (London: Williams & Norgate, 1865), Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century and 18–41.

S3 The Six Books

Budge, E. A. W., ed., History of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the History of the Likeness of Christ which the Jews of Tiberias Made to Mock at (London: Luzac & Co., 1899), 3–153 (Syr.) and 3–168 (Eng.).

Smith Lewis, Agnes, ed., Apocrypha Syriaca, Studia Sinaitica, XI (London: C. J. Clay & Sons, 1902), Narratives of the Dormition of the Virgin from Before the Tenth Century (Syr.) and 12–69 (Eng.).

Wright, William, ‘The Departure of my Lady Mary from this World’, The Journal of Sacred Literature and Biblical Record, 6 (1865), 417–48 and 7 (1865), 108–60.

S4 Jacob of Serug, Homily on the Dormition

Baumstark, Anton, ‘Zwei syrische Dichtungen auf das Entschlafen der allerseligsten Jungfrau’, Oriens Christianus, 5 (1905), 91–9 (Latin translation of a second manuscript).

Bedjan, Paul, ed., S. Martyrii, qui et Sahdona, quae supersunt omnia (Leipzig: Otto Harrassowitz, 1902), 709–19.

S5 John of Birtha, Homily on the Dormition

Baumstark, Anton, ‘Zwei syrische Dichtungen auf das Entschlafen der allerseligsten Jungfrau’, Oriens Christianus, 5 (1905), 100–25.