Lectionary 256

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Lectionary 256
New Testament manuscript
Text Evangelistarium, Apostolarium
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at Russian National Library
Size 19.6 cm by 14.2 cm

Lectionary 256, designated by siglum 256 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century. Scrivener labelled it as 192evl.[1] The manuscript has survived in a fragmentary condition.


The codex contains lessons from the Gospels and from the rest of the New Testament lectionary (Evangelistarium, Apostolarium), with numerous lacunae[2] on 93 parchment leaves (19.6 cm by 14.2 cm).[3][4] The leaves of the manuscript were arranged in octavo.[2]

The text is written in Greek large minuscule letters, in one column per page, 21 lines per page.[3][5]


Constantin von Tischendorf dated the manuscript to the 11th or 12th century.[6] De Muralt, Scrivener, and Gregory dated the manuscript to the 12th century.[2] It has been assigned by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research to the 12th century.[3][4]

The manuscript was brought by Tischendorf from the East. It was examined and described by Eduard de Muralt.[5]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 192) and Gregory (number 256).[2]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[7]

The codex is housed at the Russian National Library (Gr. 90) in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[3][4]

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  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 408. 
  3. ^ a b c d Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 234. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the INTF
  5. ^ a b Eduard de Muralt, Catalogue des manuscrits grecs de la Bibliothèque Impériale publique (Petersburg 1864), p. 51 (as XC)
  6. ^ C. v. Tischendorf, Notitia editionis codicis Bibliorum Sinaitici (Leipzig 1860), p. 63.
  7. ^ 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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