Lectionary 216

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New Testament manuscripts
Lectionary 216
Folio 54 verso
Folio 54 verso
Text Evangelistarium, Apostolarium
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at University of Michigan
Size 17.8 cm by 12 cm

Lectionary 216, designated by siglum 216 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[1][2] Scrivener labelled it by 251evl and 64apost.[3]


The codex contains 19 lessons from the Gospels, Acts, and Epistles lectionary (Evangelistarium, Apostolarium),[4][5] on 60 parchment leaves (17.8 cm by 12 cm), with some lacunae. The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in one column per page, 17 lines per page.[1][2]

It contains the liturgies of Chrysostom, of Basil, and of the Presanctified Gifts (the same ones as Lectionary 223).[3] It has some pictures and decorations.[6] At the foot of folio 57 verso is a fair picture of an angel with golden glory.[5]

No iota adscriptum or iota subscriptum is found. There is no very special critical value in the readings.[5]


Folio 4 recto

Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 12th or 13th century, Gregory to the 12th century.[3][4] It is presently assigned by the INTF to the 13th century.[1][2] The name of the scribe is unknown.

Of the history of the codex nothing is known until the year 1864, when it was in the possession of a dealer at Janina in Epeiros. It was then purchased from him by a representative of Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814–1906), a philanthropist,[7] along with other Greek manuscripts.[4] They were transported to England in 1870-1871.[8] The manuscript was presented by Burdett-Coutts to Sir Roger Cholmely's School, and was housed at the Highgate (Burdett-Coutts I. 10), in London.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 251) and Gregory (number 216). Gregory saw it in 1883.[4] It was used by Charles Anthony Swainson for his treatise on the Greek Liturgies (Introduction (1884), p. XXI).[9]

In 1922 it was acquired for the University of Michigan.[10] The manuscript was digitalized by the CSNTM in 2008.[11]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[12]

Currently the codex is housed at the University of Michigan (Ms. 49) in Ann Arbor.[1][2]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 231. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d Handschriftenliste at the INTF
  3. ^ a b c Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. 1 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 345. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 405. 
  5. ^ a b c Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, Adversaria Critica Sacra: With a Short Explanatory Introduction (Cambridge, 1893), p. LXVII
  6. ^ CSNTM description of the codex
  7. ^ Parker, Franklin (1995). George Peabody, a biography. Vanderbilt University Press. p. 107. ISBN 0826512569. 
  8. ^ Robert Mathiesen, An Important Greek Manuscript Rediscovered and Redated (Codex Burdett-Coutts III.42), The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 76, No. 1 (Jan., 1983), pp. 131-133.
  9. ^ Charles Anthony Swainson, The Greek liturgies chiefly from original authorities (Cambridge, 1884), p. XXI
  10. ^ Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago, 1937), p. 294.
  11. ^ Images of Lectionary 216 at the CSNTM
  12. ^ The Greek New Testament, ed. K. Aland, A. Black, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger, and A. Wikgren, in cooperation with INTF, United Bible Societies, 3rd edition, (Stuttgart 1983), pp. XXVIII, XXX.


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