Walters Art Museum, in , is famous for its world-class art
exhibits, but its manuscript collections are also of considerable
significance. In 2004, a catalogue of
Greek manuscripts was prepared by Georgi R. Parpulov. Among the 19 Greek manuscripts in the
collection are six copies of the four Gospels, two copies of Acts and the
Epistles, and two Gospels-lectionaries, along with some fragments. Walters Art Museum
Most of these manuscripts can be viewed page-by-page at the
’s website. If that had been the only contribution that
the Walters Art Museum
had made to the field of New Testament textual criticism, it would be
sufficient to deserve high praise. But
there is more: each of the following
manuscripts can be downloaded for free as a PDF: Walters Art Museum
|W. 520, a lectionary|
written in Greek uncial script.
Walters 535 (GA Lect 1029): late (1594) lectionary copied by Luke the Cypriot, with many illustrations. PDF of W. 535.
Details about the contents and special features of these manuscripts can be found in the catalogue prepared by Georgi R. Parpulov. Many more manuscripts – including the Reichenau Gospels, the Freising Gospels, and the Claricia Psalter – are at the
’s website; I have not mentioned many other exquisite manuscripts, so as to encourage readers to visit the website directly and enjoy exploring it for themselves. Walters Art Museum
|W. 47 features a large illustration|
of the assassination
of Thomas Becket.
Some other Greek manuscripts are too fragile to digitize at present; these include Walters 532 (GA 1346, a Gospels manuscript from c. 1100) and Walters 529 (GA 647 and 2371), the latter of which is formatted similarly to GA 1175. Among the fragments which consist of only one or two images, are Walters 530A (a miniature of Mark), Walters 530C (GA 2191) (with text from John 21). Walters 526 (GA 1531, from the late 1200’s) and Walters 527 (GA 2368) are more substantial, but full digital views of these Gospels-copies are not yet available:
An abundance of versional manuscripts resides in the Walters Art Museum’s collection, including Walters 537, the oldest substantial Armenian Gospels-manuscript in North America. (PDF of Walters 537.) Other interesting non-Greek manuscripts include the following:
Walters 751, the Corvey Gospel Fragment (Latin, 950-975).
Walters 739, a Coptic fragment of Exodus (with text from chapters 21 & 23).
Walters 47, the Psalter-Hours of Brother Guimier (Latin, late 1200’s).
Congratulations and thanks are extended to the staff of, and donors to, the Walters Art Museum for making these tremendous resources available!