Lectionary 56

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New Testament manuscripts
Lectionary 56
Text Evangelistarion, Apostolos †
Date 15th-century
Script Greek
Found 1655
Now at State Historical Museum
Size 15.5 cm by 10.5 cm
Note little value

Lectionary 56, designated by siglum 56 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on paper leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th-century.[1]


The codex contains only sex lessons from the New Testament. It is a lectionary (Evangelistarion and Apostolos).[2] It is written in Greek minuscule letters, on 462 paper leaves (15.5 cm by 10.5 cm). The writing is in one column per page, in 19 lines per page,[1] in very small minuscule letters.[2] It contains Synaxarion and homilies of Church Fathers.[2] Text of lectionary is only on the folios 15-18, 409-410.[2] According to Scrivener they are "fragments of little value".[3]


The manuscript came from Athos peninsula in 1655. It was examined by Matthaei.[2]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[4]

Currently the codex is located in the State Historical Museum (V. 392, S. 466), in Moscow.[1]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 222. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 392. 
  3. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1861). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 215. 
  4. ^ 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.