Thursday, March 10, 2011

Codex Bezae Resources and Special Booksale

Today I would like to draw the attention to several Codex Bezae resources:

Firstly, the digital facsimile (in low resolution) published by Cambridge University Library can be found here.

We blogged about this project last year here. (High resolution images will be available in the future.)

Secondly, there is a transcription and translation (French and English) here.

Thirdly, there is a dissertation from Murdoch University for free download:

Kenneth Panten (1995). "A History of Research on Codex Bezae, with Special Reference to the Acts of the Apostles: Evaluation and Future Directions." PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

Fourthly, for users of Bibleworks there is a special Bezae module for free download here.

Finally, I have arranged a little booksale with Eisenbrauns on the paperback edition of David Parker's excellent study on Codex Bezae (thanks to Wieland Willker for reminding me of the paperback). During a few days you will get a 15% discount on the book here.

Readers are welcome to add to this list of resources in the comments.

Update: A better Bezae module for Bibleworks (divided in three files) is found here (Greek), here (Latin) and here (some missing pages).


Ronald van der Bergh said...

Some more useful online resources:

Scrivener's edition as a downloadable PDF.

NTTranscripts has a Greek transcription for Acts, and the IGNTP transcripts site has a Greek and Latin transcription of the Gospel of John.

Wieland Willker said...

Thanks Tommy, didn't know the thesis. Great stuff!

I just received Parker's paperback and it is interesting to note that on the last page one can read:

"Printed in Germany by Amazon Distribution GmbH, Leipzig".


James E. Snapp, Jr. said...

Thanks; that's one detailed thesis and it does a good job of bringing readers up to speed about Codex Bezae (or should I say Codex Cantabrigiensis?).

I'll consider reconsidering a 350-450 date for D. The argument against production in Sardinia after 533 (i.e., that it can't have been written then because it was written earlier) seemed circular though.

Panten's description of Ad Carpianus on p. 240 is vulnerable to misunderstanding; Eusebius wrote to Carpian about Ammonius, not to Ammonius.

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.

Anonymous said...

One has to wonder why the people at the Cambridge University Library have posted such worthless images. It would not have taken much technical know-how, or any extra money, to offer up some good legible page images at under 200k each.

James Tucker said...

Accordance Bible Software offers an Uncial Font (Sylvanus) module, which is morphologically tagged [HERE.

mr.scrivener said...

higher res images are now available here

Codex Bezae

Both Greek and Latin, and you can right-click to copy them to disk as needed. clicking on a thumb opens a hi res copy. Clicking on it closes it again.


Wieland Willker said...

Thanks, mr.scrivener. Those are better than the b/w images from reltech.
In the Latin part some images are missing, e.g.

I am looking forward to the highres images from Cambridge. Let's hope that they will be downloadable!

Wieland Willker said...

I have asked Amazon about this and actually they have a large "Print on Demand" program running!
If a publisher finds it not worth anymore to print a book the regular way, they can join Amazon's print on demand program.

Bob Relyea said...

Pasquale made a second edition which you can get here:

The previous edition uses a black and white scanned images of the Bezea facsimile. The second edition uses color digital photographs of the facsimile, and the images are higher resolution (so the resulting module is considerably larger).


Bob Relyea said...

Weiland said..

> In the Latin part some images are
> missing, e.g.
> 3

It seems the images are out of order. f.3 in the latin is Photo 11. If there are any that are truly missing, I should be able to supply the originals.


Wieland Willker said...

In the Latin the following images are missing:
Mt 2:5-12
Lk 10:40-11:7
Lk 17:32-18:7
Jo 19:38-20:1

i.e. images

Bob Relyea said...

The missing images are now available at

Matt 2:5-12 is f.5
Luk 10:40-11:7 is f.231
Luk 17:32-18:7 is f.257
John 19:38-20:11 is f.175

The images are uncropped. They are the originals I made. Pasquale cropped them and created bibleworks modules. It appears that used Pasquale's cropped images on their website.


Wieland Willker said...

Thank you very much for your service, Bob!

mr.scrivener said...


Thank you to Mr. Relyea and Mr. Willker for providing this information and the missing pages.

I will put them up as soon as possible, trimming and sizing as necessary.

I hope to re-index and provide a better interface for users soon.

The "order" of the pages is a bit off because the javascript used to scan the folder for photos is basically random, and would depend upon the files being in the right order and correctly named in the folder.

It is obviously not ideal, both the programming code and the filenames...
This was a kludge just to get them up for people. I will try to design a useful way to quickly get to the page of interest and save it or sample it.


mr.scrivener said...

...pages should be there now, and the 1.jpg - 9.jpg have been renamed to 01-09 so they will properly alphabetize in a computer folder.

same link as above.


Wieland Willker said...

Page 22 in the Greek shows a Latin page.

mr.scrivener said...

Greek Matt. p22 should be good to go now. Thanks to Mr. Willker.

(Someday I'd like the honor of posting occasionally on his TC group.
He's welcome to join mine.)


Rod Mullen said...

Great stuff all around. Perhaps Cambridge and Hendrickson can be persuaded to print a facsimile edition along the lines of Sinaiticus. --Rod Mullen