Lectionary 320

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Lectionary 320
New Testament manuscript
Text Evangelistarium †
Date 14th century
Script Greek
Found 1856
Now at British Library
Size 21.7 cm by 14.6 cm
Type Byzantine text-type

Lectionary 320 (Gregory-Aland), designated by siglum 320 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 14th century. The manuscript has not survived in complete condition.


The original codex contained lessons from the Gospel of John, Matthew, and Luke (Evangelistarium),[1] on 196 parchment leaves. The leaves are measured (21.7 cm by 14.6 cm). Some leaves of the codex at the end were lost.[2][3] It was written by several hands.[4]

The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in one column per page, 19-20 lines per page.[2][3] It has not musical notes.[1]

The codex contains weekday Gospel lessons from Easter to Pentecost and Saturday/Sunday Gospel lessons for the other weeks.[2]

On folio 66 there is a note in red ink recording the work of a certain Makarios, monk and priest, also called Zographos.[5] The note states:

Μακάριος Μοναχὸς ἀμάρτολος ἱερεὺς
οὗτος τὸ ἐπήκλην ζογράφος διὰ σινεργασίας
Καὶ μόχθου ἐπ(λ)ιρόθη ἡ βήβλο(ς) αὔτι.


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 13th century, Gregory dated it to the 14th century.[1] It has been assigned by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research to the 14th century.[2][3]

It was purchased from Mr Henry Stevens, on 12 April 1856.[1][5]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (268e)[4] and Gregory (number 320e).[1] Gregory saw it in 1883.[1]

The manuscript was mentioned by Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum, 1854-1860,[6] and by M. Richard.[7]

The codex is housed at the British Library (Add. 21261) in London.[2][3]

The fragment is not cited in critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS4,[8] NA28[9]).

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 415. 
  2. ^ 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. 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 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. 
  5. ^ a b Add MS 21261 Digitised Manuscripts
  6. ^ Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum, 1854-1860, London 1875, p. 348.
  7. ^ M. Richard, Inventaire des manuscrits grecs du British Museum I, Fonds Sloane, Additional, Egerton, Cottonian et Stowe, Paris 1952, p. 37.
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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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