Lectionary 318

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Lectionary 318
New Testament manuscript
Text Evangelistarium †
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Found 1854
Now at British Library
Size 33.1 cm by 25.8 cm
Type Byzantine text-type

Lectionary 318 (Gregory-Aland), designated by siglum 318 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century. The manuscript has survived in a fragmentary condition.


The original codex contained lessons from the Gospel of John, Matthew, and Luke (Evangelistarium),[1] on 279 fragment parchment leaves. Some leaves at the end of the codex were lost. The leaves are measured (33.1 cm by 25.8 cm).[2][3] The last leaf was added by later hand (folio 279).[4]

The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in two columns per page, 23 lines per page.[2][3] It has musical notes.[1] It contains decorated headpieces and initial letters.[4]

The codex contains weekday Gospel lessons.[5] Lectionary 318, 321 and 323 sometimes agree with each other in departing form the ordinary weekday Church lessons.[6]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 13th century, Gregory dated it to the 12th or 13th century.[1] It has been assigned by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research (INTF) to the 12th century.[2][3]

It was purchased at Sotheby's, on 12 January 1854.[1][4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener (265e)[5] and Caspar René Gregory (number 318e).[1] Gregory saw it in 1883.[1]

The codex is housed at the British Library (Add. 19737) in the London.[2][3]

The fragment is not cited in critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS4,[7] NA28[8]).

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 414. 
  2. ^ 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. 238. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Add MS 19737 Digitised Manuscripts
  5. ^ a b 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. 346. 
  6. ^ 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. 347. 
  7. ^ Aland, B.; Aland, K.; J. Karavidopoulos, C. M. Martini, B. Metzger, A. Wikgren (1993). The Greek New Testament (4 ed.). Stuttgart: United Bible Societies. p. 21*. ISBN 978-3-438-05110-3. 
  8. ^ Nestle, Eberhard et Erwin (2001). Novum Testamentum Graece. communiter ediderunt: B. et K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger (27 ed.). Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. p. 814. ISBN 978-3-438-05100-4. 


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