Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The British Library 2020: Manuscript Index


            The British Library houses Codex Sinaiticus (most of it, at least) and Codex Alexandrinus.  As reported at the British Library’s website, 905 Greek manuscripts in the British Library’s large collection of Greek manuscripts have been digitized.  This includes not only Codices À (Sinaiticus) and A (Alexandrinus), and assorted works by secular authors, and by patristic writers, but also the following New Testament manuscripts – 115 continuous-text manuscripts, and 62 lectionaries.
            Each link should take you to a page where each manuscript is briefly described, and where access to page-views of each manuscript is provided.

GA 011 (Codex Seidelianus I, Gospels, 800s, damaged)
GA 027 (Codex Nitriensis, 500s, palimpsest)
GA 0121a (900s)
GA 0133, 0269, 0271, 0272, 0273, 0297, Lect 334 (Codex Blenheimius, 700s lower writing, palimpsest)

GA 44 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 65 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 72 (Gospels, 1100s, interesting marginalia)
GA 81 (Acts, 1044)

GA 104 (New Testament, 1087)
GA 109 (Gospels, 1300s/1400s)
GA 110 (New Testament, 1100s)
GA 113 (Gospels, 1100s, illustrated)
GA 114 (Gospels, 1000s or later.  quatrefoil Ad Carpianus)
GA 115 (Gospels, 1000s, heavily damaged)
GA 116 (Gospels, 1100s/1200s)
GA 117 and Lect 1357 (Gospels and Acts, early 1500s)

GA 201 (New Testament, 1357)
GA 202 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 203 (New Testament except for Gospels, 1108)
GA 272 (Gospels, 1000s/1100s)

GA 308 (Acts and Epistles, 1300s)
GA 312 (Vol. 1) (Acts and Epistles, 1000s-1100s)
GA 312 (Vol. 2) (Epistles, 1000s-1100s)
GA 321 (Acts and Epistles, 1100s or later)
GA 322 (Acts and Epistles, 1500s)
GA 384 (Acts and Epistles, 1200s)
GA 385 (Acts, Epistles, Revelation, 1407)

            Golden Canon Tables (500s or 600s – in situ with 438)

GA 445 (Gospels, 1506)
GA 446 (Gospels, 1400s)
GA 447 (Gospels, 1500s)
GA 448 (Gospels, 1478)

GA 476 (Gospels, 1000s)
GA 478 (Gospels, 900s-1000s)
GA 480 (Gospels and part of Hebrews, 1366)
GA 481 (Gospels, 900s-1100s, Evangelists portraits) (Burney Gospels 19)
GA 482 (Gospels, 1285, Evangelists’ portraits)
GA 484 (Gospels, 1291, quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 485 (Gospels, 1100s, semi-quatrefoil Ad Carpianus)
GA 490 (Gospels, 1000s, quatrefoil Ad Carpianus and quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 491 (New Testament except Revelation, 1000s)
GA 492 (Gospels, 1325)
GA 493 (Gospels, 1400s)
GA 494 (Gospels, 1300s)
GA 495 (Gospels, 1100s, Evangelists’ portraits)
GA 496 (New Testament except Revelation, 1200s)
GA 497 (Gospels, 1000s)
GA 498 (New Testament, missing some pages, 1300s)
GA 499 (Gospels, 1100s)

GA 500 (Gospels, 1200s)
GA 501 (Gospels, 1200s, some later supplements)
GA 502 (Gospels, 1200s)
GA 503 (John, 1200s)
GA 504 (Gospels, 1033)
GA 505 (Gospels, 1100s, quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 547 (New Testament except Revelation, 1000s)
GA 548 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 549 (Gospels, 1000s, commentary)
GA 550 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 551 (Gospels, 1100s-1400s)
GA 552 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 553 (Gospels, 1200s)

GA 640 (James, fragment, 1000s-1100s, commentary)
GA 641 (Acts and Epistles, 1000s, commentary)
GA 643 (Vol. 1) (Pauline Epistles, 1300s, Chrysostom commentary)
GA 643 (Vol. 2) (Pauline Epistles w/Chrysostom comm., and General Epistles, 1300s)
GA 644 (Pauline Epistles, incomplete, 1300s)
GA 645 (Gospels, 1304)
GA 686 (Gospels, 1337)
GA 687 (fragments of Matthew, 1000s)
GA 688 (Gospels, 1179)
GA 689 (Gospels, 1200s)
GA 690 (Gospels, 1200s-1300s)
GA 691 (Gospels, 1200s-1300s)
GA 692 (Gospels, 1200s-1300s, quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 693 (Gospels, 1200s-1300s)
GA 694 (Gospels, 1400s)
GA 695 (Gospels, 1200s)
GA 696 (Gospels, 1300s)
GA 697 (Gospels, 1200s) (decorated, fox & snake initial)
GA 698 (Matthew, Mark, Luke, 1300s)
GA 699 / GA 699 (Guest-Coutts NT) (Gospels, Acts, Epistles, 900s)

GA 700 (Gospels, 1000s) (Hoskier’s Codex)
GA 714 (Gospels, 1100s-1200s)
GA 715 (Gospels, 1200s, quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 716 (Gospels, 1300s, quatrefoil headpiece)
GA 892 (Gospels, 800s with later supplements)

GA 910 (Acts and Epistles, 1009)
GA 911 (Acts and Epistles, 1000s)
GA 911(2040) (Revelation, 1000s)
GA 912 (Acts and Epistles, 1200s)
GA 913 (Acts and Epistles, 1300s)

GA 1268 (Gospels, 1200s, commentary)
GA 1274 (Vol. 1) (Palimpsest – parts of Matthew and Mark, 1100s/1400s)
GA 1274 (Vol. 2) – Luke, Matthew, Mark) and GA 2823  and GA 2822 (Palimpsest – part of James and Jude, 1100s/1400s)
GA 1279 (Gospels, 1100s-1200s)
GA 1280 (Gospels, 1100s-1400s)

GA 1765 (Acts and Epistles, 1300s)

GA 1911 (Romans-Jude, 1500s.  This is Harley MS 5552, likely a transcript of Erasmus’ first edition)
GA 1956 (Pauline Epistles, 1200s, catena)

GA 2041 (Revelation, 1300s)
GA 2099 (Gospels, 1200s)

GA 2277 (Gospels, 1000s-1300s)
GA 2278 (Gospels, 1314)
GA 2279 (Acts and Epistles, 1300s)
GA 2280 (Gospels, 1100s)
GA 2290 (Gospels, 900s with supplements from 1600s)
GA 2291 (Vol. 1) (Matthew and Mark, 1200s)
GA 2291 (Vol. 2) (Luke and John, 1200s)

GA 2484 (Acts and Epistles, 1312)

LECTIONARIES

Lect 25a and 25b (partly palimpsest)

Lect 150 (995, uncial)
Lect 151 (1100s, quatrefoil headpiece)
Lect 152 (800s-900s, uncial)
Lect 169 (1200s, Acts and Epistles)
Lect 183 (nice uncial lectionary)
Lect 184 (late 900s)
Lect 187 (1100s-1200s)
Lect 189 (1100s)
Lect 190 (1000s, fragment)
Lect 191 (1100s)
Lect 192 (1200s)
Lect 193 (1334)

Lect 233 (1100s, cruciform text)
Lect 237 & Lect 2310 (1100s and 1600s)
Lect 238 (1000s-1100s)
Lect 257 (1306, Acts and Epistles)

Lect 318 (1000s)
Lect 319 (1100s-1200s, quatrefoil headpiece)
Lect 320 (1300s, damaged)
Lect 321 (1100s-1200s)
Lect 322 (1000s)
Lect 323 (1100s-1200s)
Lect 324 (1200s)
Lect 325 (1200s)
Lect 326 (1100s)
Lect 327 (1300s)
Lect 328 (1300s)
Lect 329 (900s-1000s)

Lect 330 & 331 (1272)   
Lect 332 (1300s)
Lect 333 1200s)
Lect 335 (1100s)
Lect 336 (1100s-1300s)
Lect 337 (1200s)
Lect 338 (900s lower writing, palimpsest)
Lect 339 (1100s)
Lect 340 (1200s) 
Lect 344 (1100s-1300s)
Lect 346 (1100s-1300s)

Lect 927 (1200s-1300s)
Lect 930 (1200s)
Lect 932 (1200s)
Lect 939 (1100s)
Lect 940 (1200s)
Lect 941 (1100s)

Lect 1053 (1000s-1100s, fragment)
Lect 1234 (1300s)
Lect 1317 (800s and 1400s, palimpsest)

Lect 1490 (1100s)
Lect 1491 (1008)
Lect 1492 (late 1000s)
Lect 1493 (1000s)
Lect 1494 (1100s-1200s)
Lect 1495 (1200s)
Lect 1496 (1413)

Lect 1742 (late 1300s)
Lect 1743 (1256)

Lect 2376 (1000s, quatrefoil headpiece)

Also of interest:
Collation of GA 71 (Codex Ephesinus), made in 1679
Add. MS 34186 – Wax Tablets  (Probably similar to what Zachariah used in Luke 1:63)

In addition, the British Library’s website offers several essays on subjects relevant in one way or another to the field of New Testament textual criticism, including the following:

Scribes and Scholars in Byzantium (Georgi Parpulov)
Manuscripts of the Christian Bible (Scot McKendrick)
Ancient Books (Cillian O’Hogan)
Ancient Libraries (Matthew Nicholls)
Book Illumination in Antiquity (Cillian O’Hogan) (featuring Codex N)
Biblical Illumination (Kathleen Doyle)
Byzantine Bookbindings (Ann Tomalak)
Byzantine Book Epigrams (Julie Boeten and Sien De Groot)
Illuminated Gospel-books (Kathleen Maxwell)
The Earliest Greek Bibles (David C. Parker) (featuring Papyrus 5)



Readers are invited to double-check the data in this post.


5 comments:

Peter M. Head said...

Thanks for all this work.

GA 2823 should be 2822 (for the James and Jude ms [which used to be 1274b]); GA 2823 is the next folio in Add 11860 (Luke)

Peter M. Head said...

Also add Lect 182 = http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_39583

Peter M. Head said...

Also lect 340 = http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Harley_MS_5561

Peter M. Head said...

Lect 926 = http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_10068

Peter M. Head said...

Lect 2373, Lect 2374, Lect 2375 = http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_43790_B