Lectionary 3

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New Testament manuscripts
Lectionary 3
Text Evangelistarion †
Date 11th-century
Script Greek
Now at Lincoln College
Size 29 cm by 22.5 cm

Lectionary 3, designated by siglum 3 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering). It is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on vellum leaves.[1] Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th-century. Scrivener dated to the 10th-century.[2]


The codex contains Lessons from the Gospels of John, Matthew, and Luke lectionary (Evangelistarium) with lacunae. The text is written in Greek uncial letters, on 281 parchment leaves (29 cm by 22.5 cm), 2 columns per page, 19 lines per page.[1] Three leaves at the end lost. It contains coloured and gilt illuminationsand capitals, and red crosses for stops.[2] It contains full Menologion.[3]

The style of handwriting of this codex bears a striking general resemblance to that of three Gospel manuscripts of the 10th and 11th centuries: Codex Cyprius, Lectionary 296, and 1599.[4]


The manuscript once belonged to Alexander from Corinth.[3] The manuscript was brought to England from Zante by George Wheeler, archaeologist, in 1676 with two other copies (68 and 95).

It was examined by John Mill, Wettstein, Scholz,[2] and William Hatch.[4][5]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament of UBS (UBS3).[6]

The codex now is located in the Lincoln College (Gr. II. 15) at Oxford.[1][7]

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  1. ^ a b c K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments, (Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1994), p. 219.
  2. ^ a b c F. H. A. Scrivener, "A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament" (George Bell & Sons: London 1894), vol. 1, p. 328.
  3. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 387. 
  4. ^ a b William Hatch, A redating of two important uncial manuscripts of the Gospels – Codex Zacynthius and Codex Cyprius, in: Quantulacumque (1937), p. 338
  5. ^ W. H. P. Hatch, Facsimiles and descriptions of minuscule manuscripts of the New Testament, LXXII (Cambridge, 1951).
  6. ^ 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), p. XXIX.
  7. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 


  • W. H. P. Hatch, Facsimiles and descriptions of minuscule manuscripts of the New Testament, LXXII (Cambridge, 1951).