Lectionary 291

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New Testament manuscripts
Lectionary 291
Text Evangelistarium †
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Laurentian Library
Size 23.7 cm by 20 cm
Type Byzantine text-type

Lectionary 291, designated by siglum 291 (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 as 187e.[3]


The codex contains lessons from the Gospel of John, Matthew, and Luke (Evangelistarium), on 181 parchment leaves (23.7 cm by 20 cm).[4] It contains music notes, the initial letters are rubricated. The manuscript was often used.[3]

The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in two columns per page, 21 lines per page.[1][4] The manuscript contains weekday Gospel lessons for Church reading from Easter to Pentecost and Saturday/Sunday Gospel lessons for the other weeks.[1]


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

The manuscript once belonged to Niccolo de Niccolis.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 187e) and Gregory (number 291e). Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[4]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[5]

Currently the codex is housed at the Laurentian Library (S. Marco 706) in Florence.[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. 236. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. 340. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 412. 
  5. ^ 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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