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Project Vaticanus Arabicus 13

Vaticanus Arabicus 13 is an Arabic manuscript of 179 folios containing parts of the Gospels and the fourteen letters of Paul. The manuscript has been dated to the 9th century and the colophon mentions the city of Ḥoms. Images of the complete manuscript are available on the Vaticanus Library website:

In the SNSF project TARSIAN (2013-2016), Sara Schulthess has transcribed, encoded, translated and analyzed the first letter to the Corinthians. The digital edition has been published here:; information and description about the manuscript:

A paper edition of 1 Corinthians in Vat. Ar. 13 is available in the published PhD of Sara Schulthess, in open access thanks to a SNSF grant: Schulthess, Sara, Les manuscrits arabes des lettres de Paul. État de la question et étude de cas (1 Corinthiens dans le Vat. Ar. 13) (Biblia Arabica 6), Brill, 2019, Other publications and output of the project:

Presently, further folios of Vat. Ar. 13 are studied in the SNSF project MARK16:

International collaborations:


  • Claire Clivaz (PI), DH+, SIB
  • Sara Schulthess (Research Scientist), DH+, SIB