Lectionary 181

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Lectionary 181
New Testament manuscript
Name Parham Evangelistarium Unciale
Text Evangelistarion †
Date 980
Script Greek
Found 1837
Now at British Library
Size 31.3 by 22 cm
Hand beautifully written

Lectionary 181, designated by siglum 181 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Dated by a colophon to the year 980.[1] Formerly it was labelled as Lectionary 234e (Scrivener).[2] Gregory gave the number 181e to it.[3]


The codex contains Lessons from the Gospels of John, Matthew, Luke lectionary (Evangelistarium), on 222 parchment leaves (31.3 cm by 22 cm), with some lacunae. It is written in Greek uncial letters, in two columns per page, 22 lines per page.[1] It is beautifully written.[2]


The manuscript was written by Nicholas for bishop Stephanus from Ciscissa, in Cappadocia Prima. It was brought by Lord de la Zouche, from Caracalla at Mount Athos in 1837.[2] A note dated 1049 is subjoined by a reviser, who perhaps made the numerous changes in the text, and added two Lessons in cursive letters.[2]

The manuscript was collated by Scrivener, and slightly examined by Gregory in 1883.[3]

The manuscript is sporadically cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[4]

Currently the codex is located in the British Library, (Add. 39602) at London.[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. 229. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 343–344. 
  3. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 402. 
  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.