Lectionary 259

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Lectionary 259
New Testament manuscript
Text Apostolarium
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 28.5 cm by 21.5 cm

Lectionary 259, designated by siglum 259 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century. Scrivener labelled it as 76a, Gregory by 83a. The manuscript has survived in a fragmentary condition.[1]


The codex contains lessons from the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles lectionary (Apostolarium), with numerous lacunae.[2] Only 14 leaves of the codex have survived (28.5 cm by 21.5 cm).[1][3] The text is written in Greek large minuscule letters, on parchment, in two columns per page, 22 lines per page.[1] It contains nine lessons from 2 Timothy 3:2-9; Romans 5:18–21; 8:3–9; 9:29–33; 2 Corinthians 5:15–21; Galatians 3:28–4:5; Colossans 1:18–22; Philemon 3:3–9; Romans 8:8–14.[4]


Scrivener and Gregory dated the manuscript to the 13th century.[2] It has been assigned by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research (INTF) to the 13th century.[1][3]

According to the colophon it was written by Simeon, a reader,[2] the date vanished (in red).[4]

The manuscript was found by E. B. Nicholson.[4][2]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 76a)[4] and Gregory (number 83a). Gregory saw the manuscript in 1883.[2]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[5]

The codex is housed at the Bodleian Library (Auct. T. inf. 2.11) in Oxford, England.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 469. 
  3. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the INTF
  4. ^ a b c d Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament 1 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 371. 
  5. ^ 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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