Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Seminar Curriculum Question

I am dithering about which manuscripts to study next term in an MPhil seminar I run. So I thought I would ask for some help here. Basically we have already done the papyri so I need eight or nine manuscripts to study covering the full range of material on parchment.

Here are my preliminary thoughts:

Week 1: fragmentary uncials (a la Parker in Status Quaestiones or 0311-0315)
Week 2: Vaticanus (no not focusing on the dots)
Week 3: Sinaiticus
Week 4: Alexandrinus (or not?)
Week 5: Bezae
Week 6: not sure
Week 7: 1739
Week 8: A.n. other minuscule (prob. not one by the same scribe as 1739 [just saying this before Amy chips in])
Week 9: An interesting lectionary manuscript.

Criteria: helpful to have some secondary literature; photos available (published facsimile or on-line); interesting or important text or features or particular readings; connects with or raises some general issue in NT TC; like to have a spread of NT material (not all gospels etc.).

So any ideas?


  1. Week 6: What about the following related manuscripts:

    Codex Claromontanus (Dp) with Codex Sangermanensis (Dabs1) and Codex Waldeccensis (Dabs2) [of course Dabs1 and Dabs2 are copies of the Claromontanus]
    Codex Augiensis (Fp) with Codex Boernerianus (Gp) [copies of the same exemplar, related to the Claromontanus]
    Codex Sangallensis (Delta) [Gospel volume of the Pauline Codex Boernerianus, but with a different text type (Alexanderian in Mark, Byzantine elsewhere)].

    These are all latin diglots, and all have a family resemblence and interesting histories and textual links.

    Codex Boernerianus is available at both www.csntm.org (facsimile) and http://digital.slub-dresden.de/sammlungen/werkansicht/274591448/0/ (actual manuscript).

    Codex Augiensis is available at your nearby Trinity College library:) I know of now facsimiles or online images (would love to get some). Scrivener has a transcription that's available here: http://books.google.com/books?id=oliIQAAACAAJ&dq=Codex+Augiensis&cd=7

    Codex Sangallensis is available here:
    http://www.cesg.unifr.ch/en/ (You want San Gallen 48)

    Codex Waldeccensis (facsimile) is available here: http://books.google.com/books?id=tAEVAAAAYAAJ&dq=Codex+Waldeccensis&source=gbs_navlinks_s

    I haven't found anything on-line for the Codex Claromontanus [rant about lack of availablility of parisian biblical manuscripts deleted], except a Hansel's 3 volume edition of the NT which includes most of the older manuscripts in parallel columns (Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, Ephraemi Syri Rescriptus, Bezae Cantabrigiensis, Claromontanus, Laudianus, and Dublinensis Rescriptus) The Claromontanus is in Volume 2.
    Vol 1: http://www.archive.org/details/novumtestamentu07unkngoog
    Vol 2: http://www.archive.org/details/novumtestamentu00hansgoog
    Vol 3: http://www.archive.org/details/novumtestamentu10unkngoog

    Codex Sangermanensis - Also nothing on-line.

  2. Thanks Bob,
    That is a pretty good idea. the DFG angle is a good one and there are local manuscripts involved. There must be some images of Claromontanus about. Hopefully I could find an image with some interesting variants (perhaps featuring gender issues).

  3. Codex Washingtonus is of particular interest for its:
    -block-mixing from exemplars of varying quality
    -sole inclusion of the Freer logion
    -affinity with p45 in Mark, with implications for the Ending

    I nominate it for week 6.

  4. Yes, W is definitely a possibility. I've used it before (for seminars that is).

  5. I've uploaded the 3 images Claromontanus images I got from Hansell's GNT (he has a number of plates at the end of his NT to wikipedia. They were on folded leaves, so Google's book scanner faithfully digitized the outside blank pages;). That makes 5 images total on wikipedia, 3 greek pages and 2 latin:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Codex_claromontanus_greek.jpg - Rom 7:4-7 (greek)
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Codex_claromontanus_latin.jpg - Rom 7:4-7 (latin)
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Codex_claromontanus_2_greek.jpg - Col 1:28-2:3 (greek)
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Codex_claromontanus_2_latin.jpg - Col 1:28-2:3 (latin)
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Codex_claromontanus_3_greek.jpg - Col 4:17,18 (greek)

    Unfortunately the Colosians pages intersects one of the common block lacunae in F & G.

    All the images are 19th century facsimilies, so not great detail:(.