The Georgian alphabet (mxedruli) in a Syriac manuscript   5 comments

To file in “unexpected finds”: With no apparent relationship to the rest of the text on the page, the Georgian mxedruli alphabet (along with Armenian) is found in the large outer margin of a Syriac manuscript from Jerusalem containing the Lexicon attributed to Eudochus, &c. (SMMJ 295, perh. 19th cent.).

SMMJ 295, p. 277

SMMJ 295, p. 277

Here “Georgian” in Syriac is gergānāytā. The writing begins with ქ, presumably for ქრისტე “Christ!”, and ends with ამ(ე)ნ “Amen”. The handwriting is not bad at all. There is no ჳ between the ტ and უ, but the other four letters obsolete in later Georgian (ჱ, ჲ, ჴ,  ჵ) are here.

5 responses to “The Georgian alphabet (mxedruli) in a Syriac manuscript

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  1. Would it be alright if I used this picture in a post of mine (credit and link given, of course)?

  2. Unrelated to that request, do you know of any examples of Georgian being written in Arabic script, or, more generally, in any Semitic script?

    • Off the top of my head, not other than this (and other exx.) of Georgian in Syriac script: I’m sure there are others. Also, for a reverse case, it’s not Semitic, but Persian, usually written in a modified Arabic script, has been written in Georgian script. N. Marr published a few pages of samples from a 17th-cent. manuscript of a Persian translation of the Gospels in Georgian script. See his “Описание персидского рукописного четвероевангелия.” ЗВОРАО 3 (1888): 377—381.

  3. Pingback: The Georgian Alphabet and the Arabic Alphabet | georgiasomethingyouknowwhatever

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