13, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts will celebrate its 20th
year. In honor of this occasion, let’s
look at one of the manuscripts that CSNTM has brought to the public eye: GA 1691, a
Gospels-manuscript from the 1000s which resides in
Let’s look at a single page of GA 1691 and see what it tells us about its text and how it was used. On the page containing Matthew 7:26b-8:5a, the following features can be seen:
(2) A lectionary-related note, identifying the reading for the Fourth Sunday [after Pentecost].
(3) The lection’s incipit-phrase (At that time there came to Jesus . . . ). This is how the lector (the person who read the Scripture-passages in church-services) would begin the reading.
(4) The chapter-number (6, represented by ϛ) and title “About the Leper” (abbreviated)
(5) A Eusebian Section-number (63)
(6) The chapter-number (6)
(7) in light blue ovals: the quick way to write “και” (“and”)
(8) in a yellow circle: a sacred name contraction for “Lord” (Κυριε)
(9) in a green circle: a τελος (telos) symbol, indicating the end of a lection
(10) in purple cornerless rectangles: An initial
(11) A sacred name contraction for “Jesus” (Iησους)
(12) An αρχη (archē) symbol, indicating the beginning of a lection
(13) A τελος (telos) symbol, indicating the end of a lection
(14) A Eusebian section-number (64)
And in red rectangles: textual variants, all of which agree with the Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform.
Circle of Friends (more information about that here): new registrants will receive free copies of
the book Myths
and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism, signed by co-editor (and
CSNTM research fellow) Elijah Hixson.