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The Leiden Peshitta

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The Syriac Peshitta of the Old and New Testament originated during the first centuries of the Christian era, and has been used ever since in the non-western churches of Syrian signature. Much like the Greek translations of the Old Testament, this ancient version is an important source for our knowledge of the textual traditions behind the biblical text. In contrast to the manuscripts of most Hebrew traditions, which date from the beginning of the Middle Ages, the extant Syriac manuscripts date from the fifth century. Some New Testament scholars argue for Aramaic as the original language of portions of the New Testament, and similarities between Aramaic and the Syriac of the Peshitta lead these scholars to encourage the study of the Peshitta.

This edition of the Old and New Testament was prepared at the Peshitta Institute in Leiden, and has become the standard Syriac edition. A. Ceriani’s photolithographic edition of 1876 serves as the basis for the Leiden Peshitta.

The Logos edition of the Leiden Peshitta features the entire running text of the Syriac translations of the Old and New Testament, plus the deutero-canonical works. The entire Peshitta contains a limited critical apparatus. This edition also contains two manuscript versions of Tobit, Epistle of Baruch, 1 Maccabees, Prayer of Manasseh, and Psalms, and is available in two Syriac scripts: Serto and Estangela.

This edition of the Leiden Peshitta will benefit students of the history of the Bible text, Syriac language and literature and Syriac Christianity.


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  • The entire running text of the entire Old Testament and New Testament, plus deutero-canonical works
  • Limited critical apparatus
  • Two manuscript versions of Tobit, Epistle of Baruch, 1 Maccabees, Prayer of Manasseh, and Psalms
This magnificent series provides a reliable base from which to compare the Syriac Old Testament with the Hebrew Vorlage and the Greek and Aramaic versions.

—James H. Charlesworth, Religious Studies Review

. . . This authoritative edition is an indispensable source not only for the biblical text but also for early Eastern Christianity.

—M. P. Weitzman, Journal of Theological Studies



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  1. Lachlan Davis

    Lachlan Davis


    Needs a Glossary for the critical aparatus.
  2. Moshe Wise

    Moshe Wise


    I am surprised and annoyed about the errors & omissions in the Logos version of the Leiden Peshitta. I expect better from Faithlife. I hope the text is corrected so that it more accurately reflects the highly respected print edition it is based on.
  3. Stephanus Karnadhi
    There's no explanation whatsoever about the new testament. Nothing about the date of the manuscripts. All the title of the books are in English. The critical apparatus has no explanation of the letters nor numbers stands for. Unless one has studied the peshitta in a special class, the ordinary old testament student may not gain much.
  4. levrel michel

    levrel michel


    Excellente édition pour qui s'intéresse à l'étude du texte syriaque de la bible. Simplifie considérablement les recherches lexicales sur l'ensemble du corpus. Excellentissime.
  5. Klaus



    The New Testament is vocalized, the Old Testament isn't. .The text isn't morphologically tagged, but if you get additionally the Analytical Lexicon of the Syriac New Testament SEDRA3LEX you may click on one word an the root, meaning and all inflected words of the lemma are shown . Logos includes whole set of beautiful fonts (serto, estrangelo in different types in windows and Android. I love it.
  6. Naif Yaşar

    Naif Yaşar


    Is the whole text vocalized. the example given Isaiah seems to be not vocalized. And is the text searchable, when I want to search for a root can I find all its example immediately. For example when I search for the root ܥܒܰܕ can I find ܥܰܒܰܕ ܂ ܐܰܥܒܶܕ ܂ܡܰܥܒܶܕ ܂ ܡܥܰܒܶܕ and all the other forms of this root
  7. Andrew Gradzikiewicz
    Very nice. Now, please, tag and hyperlink each word, or even better, provide a reverse interlinear.
  8. Jeremiah



    Does the new testament portion of this include the vowel diacritics? the sample page from Isaiah seems not to have it. Also is this morphologically tagged to integrate with lexicons?
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  10. David Lowry

    David Lowry


    This looks tremendous, but I have a few questions. I am happy to see that both serto and estrangela fonts are supported. Is this text this based off of the individual monographs by the Peshitta Institute, and if so is it complete? Also, is this text tagged or correlated to a lexicon (such as SEDRA3LEX)?