Gunda Gunde Manuscripts

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Homilies by Cyril
f. Iv-IIv (foreguard), 88v: empty; f. 58: a half folio, text written in one column only; f. 59rb, added lines, 2-1fb: ownership note “This book belongs to Gwәnd Gwә[n]de” [sic!], which Mänbärä Krәstos gave as a gift”
The Book of Mystery
f. I, only c. 1/3 broad of the normal fol.; f. IIv (foreguard), 92v, 197v: empty; f. 139vb, end: ownership note: “This book belongs to Gwәndgwәnde”
Book of Esther
f. 22r-vb16: the end of the Book of Judith (Jud 16:17-25), the folio is used as a rearguard; f. 21v, Ir, IIr, IIIr-IVv (rearguard): empty, except for scribbles
Pentateuch (actually only part of Numbers)
Titles of the chapters written in red on upper margins; The ms is damaged, both beginning and the end are missing
1 and 2 Chronicles, 2 and 3 Ezra
Text 1: ff. 1ra,1-51vb,14(end): 1st Chronicles; Text 2: ff. 52ra,1-123rb, end: 2nd Chronicles; Text 3: ff. 123va,1-150rb,17(end): 2nd Ezra; Text 4: ff. 151ra,1-188v,11: 3rd Ezra; The Book of Jeremiah is not preserved, ff. 150v, Ir, IIr (rearguard): empty; ff. Iv, IIv-IIIv: scribbles and/or trials of the pen
Life of Estifanos (the founder of the Stephanite monastic “order”)
Text 1: ff. 2ra-90r: Life of Estifanos, ff. 18r-28v, 34r-44v, 88v-91r: text damaged; ff. 90v-91v: note (charter) of the gift of the area of ʽAnza for (the Monastery of) Gundä Gunde for the commemoration of our Father ᾽Ǝsṭifanos
The Harp (Arganon)
The ms is in a bad condition (many lacunae) and not complete; F. 145r-151(end): a section added from another, older, ms, beginning with a haräg; F. 1v-2r: two added folios from another ms, covered with an unident. text partly in Amharic; damaged; Some of the quires are numbered on their first folios, upper margin, left, e.g., f. 43r: quire 5, f. 71r: quire 8; F. 74vb, 474vb, 4-3fb: Acquisition note: “This book belongs to Abunä Wäldä Haymanot, who acquired it by his means...”; Provenance- Monastery of Gunda Gunde, wäräda (district) Irob, qäbäla ÿAraÿ, province Tigray, Ethiopia
Commentary on the Pentateuch and the Prophets
f. 1v: an almost illegible note, perhaps on some sort of gifts (?) of certain amount of ÙÇntälam (a measure) of grain (?), but all the numbers are errased; f. 92v, 125r-v, 153v: empty
Life of Abunä Habtä Sellase (abbot of GG)
fol. 1r-2v: two protective fols. by another hand, with fragmentary texts 1. mentioning the number of years of various phases of Jesus’ life; 2. quotations from the Bible (Genesis); fol. Ir (= 71r) empty;
Filekseyos
f. 159ra,11-159va: an erased text; f. I (= *160) r & v empty; f. 1va-2va,8: A poem (sälam) in honor of Tänsi’ä Mädhin; Many marginal notes in Amharic; f. 1r-40r: on upper margin: a series of notes that inter alia include chronology of the kings of Ethiopia
Life of Samuel of Waldebba
Various hands; Several places where the name of Samu’el was intended to be written with rubra are often (particularly in the text of the Miracles) left empty;
Life of Abraham (the Old Testament patriarch)
f. 1r: a text has been erased; f, 1v, 2v: pen trials f. 2r, 3r-4v, 81r, 97v, I [= 98]r&v empty
Miracles of Mary
ff. 1v-3r: a prayer to Mary, unfinished (free places left for Mary’s name to be written in red); f. 3v, 82v and I-III (i.e. 111-113) empty Temporal Note: End of the 18th or beginning of the 19th century; in any case before 1822-31, since it is a gift to Gungdä Gunde of Säbagadis (Wäldu), däjjazmach of Agamä in in these years, but the ms had a previous owner before Säbagadis, whose name is replaced by Säbagadis’s baptismal name Zä-Mänfäs QÇddus, yet in two places remained: it was Gäbrä Maryam (f. 56vb,3); or Gäbrä #Çywät (f, 104ra8; 108rb, last line; also on f.108ra11 with addition on the left margin: Abuna, 111va, last);
[Book of the] Consecration (Missal)
F. Iv-IIv, IIIv (foreguard); IVr, Vr-VIv (rearguard) - empty; Several fragments with musical notation
Book of Exposition (Lectionary for the liturgical year)
Several owners or commissioners for whom benedictions are asked: e.g. Wälättä Sänbät (f. 5rb, last), Wälättä MädþÇn (f. 8rb, 5fb), Gäbrä Maryam (f. 10rb, 10); fol. Iv-IIv (frontguard), III3-IVv (rearguard) empty
Books of Maccabees 1-3
f. Iv-IIr, IIIr, IVv-Vr (foreguard), 97(last)v-VIr-v (rearguard): empty; f. Vv: a note on the Epistle of John; and a prayer to Mary; f. 97ra-b, 8fb: ownership note: “(This belongs) to Abunä Wärädä Qal”
Life of Abuna Ewostatewos, Life of Abuna Yonas
f. Ir-IVr: empty but with lines; f. 93r-94v – empty; f. 150-153: internal margin and text damaged;
Life of Yəshaq (Isaac)
Fol. Ir-IIIr, 54v, IVr-Vv: empty Fol. IIIv: a note: ይስሐቅ፡ ህዝበ፡ አጋሜ፡ ስመ፡ አቡሁ፡ ፍቂጦር፡ - Yəsḥäq (from) the people of ᾽Agame The name of his father: Fəqiṭor
The Miracles of Estifanos (Stephen)
f. Iv-II (foreguard;), IIIr-[IV]v (rearguard): empty; f. 14rb: a note on the division of a gwelt, written by another hand; f. 14va-b: a note on a rәst of Gundä Gunde, mentioning azmasi Subagadәs (governor of Tәgray 1822-31) and the mämhәr Gäbrä Mäsih, written by the same hand as the previous note; f. Ir: an almost erased text; f. Iv-IIr: the text on this a bifolio written upside down, coming from another ms.)
The Harp; Homily on St Michael
f. 1r, upper section: ownership note: “This Arganon belongs to mäm[h]er […?] that he (purchased ?) by his (own) means”; f. 157v: scrawls
[1] Life of Abunä Isaac [2] Life of Abunä Iyosab [3] Life of Abunä Gäbrä Mäsih the Second [4] Life of Abunä Samuel;
f. 1r: - unfinished notes on the origin of the fathers whose lives are extant in the ms. f, IVv, Vv: - scrawl notes; f. IIr-IIIv (at the beginning), IVr, Vr (at the end) - empty Reading marks in red;
Didascalia Eth. title: The Teaching of Didascalia of the Holy Fathers, the Apostles
Text 1: Didascalia, f. 153v: another hand: “Estifanos said…”; f. 154: rearguard, not as broad as the rest of the folios; with a prayer for unnamed person(s); upper part mentioning Simon Peter and Paul, written by another, unskilled hand; Cf. GG168
Life of Abunä Gäbrä Mänfäs Qeddus
f. 105rb-105v: a note (by another, not skilled hand) on Gäbrä Mänfäs Qəddus;
First Book of Ezra
f. 1r-4v: 4 fols. taken from another manuscript and used as foreguard, with unidentified text; Text not complete; the mss very much damaged; [XxX]
Tabernacle of Supplication
f. Ir, upper part: trials of the pen; f. IIr: an erased text, in one column, f. IVv: incomplete ownership note, written in red ink: “This book belongs to abunä [no name follows]”; f. Iv, IIv-IVr (foreguard, only 3 fols. photographed), 133v(last), Vr-v (rearguard) – empty; f. 101rb,1-4: curse against theft
Jubilees and Octateuch (in fact only Deuteronomy)
Ownership note: f. 54vb,4-2fb: This book belongs to the people of Garzen, the children of the Priest Arägay Most of the titles of the chapters are provided on the upper margins, in red
Book of Kings; (but in fact the ms includes 32 books of Old Testament, starting with the Book of Kings)
f. 223vb,1-22: a short dictionary Greek – Ethiopic, the beginning is repeated on f. IIvc; f. 223vb,23-vc,18: Praise of Abunä Ezra (∃zra) in Amharic; f. 1rb: the beginning of the 1 Kings, i.e. of f. 3ra, is repeated here; f. 1va-b: a fragment of 1 Ezra (???); f. 1vb,3fb-vc,end: a note on the gwәlt of the Gundä Gunde monastery 2/3 of fol. 2: cut off; f. 163v, Ir (rearguard): empty
Lament of Mary; (and Covenant of our Lord)
f. Iv-IIv (foreguard), f. 47v (last): empty

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