Syriac was a dialect of Aramaic which was adopted by Christians in the Byzantine Empire as a religious and liturgical language.  Old Syriac Scriptures have existed since the 2nd century, but in the 4th century a "Vulgate" version was prepared, much like St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate of about the same time.  Displayed is a New Testament, printed in Leiden in 1717.    #71

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Old book binding Open book with hand written text

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