Lectionary 219

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New Testament manuscripts
Lectionary 219
Text Evangelistarium †
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at ?
Size 27 cm by 21.5 cm

Lectionary 219, designated by siglum 219 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[1][2] Scrivener labelled it by 243evl.[3]


The codex contains lessons from the Gospels of John, Matthew, Luke lectionary (Evangelistarium),[4] on 319 parchment leaves (27 cm by 21.5 cm), with only one lacuna (the first leaf with John 1:1-17 and nine leaves at the end).[3] Nine leaves at the end were supplemented by a later hand.[3]

The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in two columns per page, 22 lines per page.[1][2] The headings in gold. According to Scrivener it is "a fine copy".[3] It contains musical notes.[4]

There are weekday Gospel lessons.[1]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 11th or 12th century, Gregory dated it to the 12th century.[3][4] It is presently assigned by the INTF to the 11th century.[1][2]

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,[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 II. 5), in London.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 243) and Gregory (number 218). Gregory saw it in 1883.[4]

The manuscript is sporadically cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[7]

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

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Notes and references[edit]

  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 e 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 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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