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A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus: Codicology, by W. Andrew Smith

By W. Andrew Smith

Codex Alexandrinus is likely one of the 3 earliest surviving complete Greek Bibles and is a crucial fifth-century witness to the Christian Scriptures, but no significant research of the codex has been played in over a century. In A research of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus W. Andrew Smith grants a clean and highly-detailed exam of the codex and its wealthy number of positive aspects utilizing codicology, palaeography, and statistical research. one of the highlights of this learn, W. Andrew Smith’s paintings overturns the view unmarried scribe was once answerable for copying the canonical books of the hot testomony and demonstrates that the orthographic styles within the Gospels can now not be used to argue for Egyptian provenance of the codex.

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23 Spohn, Caroli Godofredi Woidii Notitia Codicis Alexandrini, 22. Thompson merely described the ink in this section as “yellower” (Facsimile, 4:5). 24 This suggests all the more that the vellum was poorly prepared, since the mordant nature of such inks provides them with greater adherence to the writing surface. The yellow ink is perhaps of a different (noncorrosive) composition, though the thicker or better-prepared vellum may have mitigated any such corrosive effect. Composition and Binding Currently the codex is bound in four volumes, and this arrangement is the result of at least two rebindings (assuming the ancient codex was not unbound).

Kenyon, The Palaeography of Greek Papyri (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899), 49–52. 1; image available in Klaas A. Worp, “A Byzantine Loan of Money,” BASP 48 [2011]: 73) and a sixthcentury lease (Plate IX in Kenyon). F84a). ”75 Burkitt described the inscription in his review of the Reduced Facsimile, which presumably was the only source of the images he used in his analysis. ”76 Nonliterary hands of this type are difficult to read. Further compounding the issue of identifying the characters in the inscription is the faded writing and the lack of a color image of the leaf.

G. Teubner, 1879]). Codex History 31 Summary The interventions made throughout Alexandrinus provide some useful clues to its history prior to 1627. F5a) places the codex in Cairo in the first decade of the fourteenth century, a waḳf to the patriarchal cell; that Athanasius brought Alexandrinus with him from Constantinople is probable but unproven. As Chapter 2 will reveal, the Arabic page numbering that is likely coeval with the Athanasius inscription reveals that the codex was used as a single bound volume while in the hands of the patriarch.

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