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Bible, 16: Vetus Syra
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Vetus Syra refers to the Old Syriac New Testament, that is, Syriac versions of the New Testament prior to the Peshitta, apart from the Diatessaron. This usage is distinct from the linguistic classification “Old Syriac,” referring to the preclassical form of the Syriac language, preserved mainly in inscriptions.

Before the widespread adoption of the Peshitta New Testament version by Syriac-speaking churches in the 5th and 6th centuri…

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Childers, Jeff W., “Bible, 16: Vetus Syra”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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