Huntington MS 17

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Huntington 17, bilingual Bohairic-Arabic, uncial manuscript of the New Testament, on a paper. It is dated by a colophon to the year 1174. It is the oldest manuscript with complete text of the four Gospels in Bohairic.[1]

Description[edit]

It contains the text of the four Gospels on 457 paper leaves (25.3 by 17.5 cm). The text is written in two columns per page, 20 lines per page.[2] It contains a great number of marginal additions inserted by a later hand.[3] Among these marginal additions it has the doxology in Matthew 6:13, in Luke 1:28 phrase ευλογημενε συ εν γυναιξιν are written in smaller hand; Luke 22:43–44 (the agony); 23:17; 23:34; Pericope Adultera (John 7:53-8:11). On the other hand, the descent of the angel (John 5:3.4), which is wanting in many Bohairic manuscripts, stands in the text here.[4]

The text is not divided according to the Ammonian Sections. It contains portraits of the Evangelists before each Gospel. It has some itacistic errors.[5] It has some notes at the margin from later hand. According to Gregory its text is very good.[2]

It contains two endings of the Gospel of Mark.[4]

History[edit]

The manuscript was written by Joannes, a monk and scribe,[3] in 1174.[2] The manuscript was brought by Wilkins in 1683 from Egypt.[5] It was examined by Bp Lightfoot and Headlam (1889).

Horner used it in his edition of the Bohairic New Testament as a basis for the text of the Gospels.[6]

Currently it is housed at the Bodleian Library (Huntington 17) in Oxford.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, "The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration", Oxford University Press (New York - Oxford, 2005), p. 112.
  2. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1902). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 2. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 538. 
  3. ^ a b Constantin von Tischendorf, Editio Octava Critica maiora, vol. III, p. 869.
  4. ^ a b Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. 2. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 111. 
  5. ^ a b George Horner, The Coptic Version of the New Testament in the Northern Dialect, otherwise called Memphitic and Bohairic, 1 vol. (1898), p. XXXVIII
  6. ^ George Horner, The Coptic Version of the New Testament in the Northern Dialect, otherwise called Memphitic and Bohairic, 1-2 vol. (1898).

Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur Cayley Headlam, Novum Testamentum, Oxonii 1889, pp. 182–190.
  • George Horner, The Coptic Version of the New Testament in the Northern Dialect, otherwise called Memphitic and Bohairic, 1 vol. (1898), pp. XIII-XVI, XXXVIII-XLII