Lectionary 218

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Lectionary 218
New Testament manuscript
Text Evangelistarium †
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Now at ?
Size 32 cm by 25.7 cm

Lectionary 218, designated by siglum 218 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th century.[1][2] Scrivener labelled it by 242evl.[3]


The codex contains lessons from the Gospels of John, Matthew, Luke lectionary (Evangelistarium),[4] on 288 paper leaves (32 cm by 25.7 cm), with only one lacuna (the last leaf).[3] The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in two columns per page, 18 lines per page.[1][2][4] The manuscript has complex contents, but the first leaf was supplied by a later hand.[3]

There are daily lessons from Easter to Pentecost.[1]


The manuscript was written for the church in Constantinople.[4]

Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 14th century, Gregory dated it to the 13th century.[3][4] It has been assigned by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research to the 15th century.[1][2]

Of the history of the codex nothing is known until 864, 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,[5] along with other Greek manuscripts.[4] They were transported to England in 1870-1871.[6] The manuscript was presented by Burdett-Coutts to Sir Roger Cholmely's School, and was housed at the Highgate (Burdett-Coutts I. 23.2), in London.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 242) and Gregory (number 218). Gregory saw it in 1883.[4]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[7]

The owner of the codex is unknown. The last place if its housing was Sotheby's.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e 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 d 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. 344. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 405. 
  5. ^ Parker, Franklin (1995). George Peabody, a biography. Vanderbilt University Press. p. 107. ISBN 0826512569. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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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