|previous article in this issue||next article in this issue|
Document Details :
Title: Bar Hebraeus' Butyrum Spientiae
Subtitle: A Description of the Extant Manuscripts
Author(s): JOOSSE, N.P.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 112 Issue: 3-4 Date: 1999
As the most extensive encyclopaedia in the Syriac language, Bar Hebraeus’ Butyrum sapientiae discusses nearly all the themes of the Aristotelean œuvre, starting with the Organon and ending with the Politics. This opus magnum casts the other books of Bar Hebraeus (1225/261286 AD), in which he gives introductory remarks on the same themes (like MƏnāraṯ quḏšē, Candelabrum, ed. Ján Bakos or KƏṯāḇā ḏa-sƏwāḏ sōfijā, ed. Herman F. Janssens or its shorter version KƏṯāḇā ḏzalgē), into the shade. As it describes nearly all the sciences of his time, it was widely used by Syriac scholars, even in the 19th century. The following description is based on eight manuscripts of the Butyrum viz.