Tuesday, January 25, 2011

L2451: A New Early Lectionary Palimpsest

Wieland Willker has recently posted an extensive description including images (2,5MB) of an early fragmentary lectionary (8th cent.) found in his hometown Bremen, which ETC-blogger Dirk Jongkind had drawn his attention to – life is full of surprises.

The MS was first described by Klaus Alpers, of Hamburg: "Ein Handschriftenfund zum Cyrill-Glossar in der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen" in Lexicographica Byzantina: Beiträge zum Symposion zur byzantinischen Lexikographie (Wien, 1.-4.3.1989), Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1991), 11-52.

The lectionary, Codex Bremensis Manuscripta c. 11, contains the following texts: John 18:18-28; Mark 1:2-3, 5, 7-8; and John 20:4-15. It has recently been assigned a Gregory-Aland number by the INTF, L2451.

So, look around in your own town, there may be some old Greek New Testament MS around somewhere, unknown to the text-critical world.

And, I wonder how Dirk found out about it? Did he stumble upon Alpers' description?


  1. New manuscript "discoveries" are always exciting! Sadly, though, I don't think there will be any more finds in South Africa. But hey, who knows?
    (I would like to claim dibs on the two - lectionary - manuscripts that are in SA, but if anyone gets to them before I do, please, by all means - photograph & publish!)
    May I also remind that the Virtual Manuscript Room now has a "search by country" function? :)

  2. How does one get a manuscript assigned a Gregory Aland number once a manuscript is discovered?

  3. Tom: You correspond with the INTF in Münster about it, specifically Ulrich Schmid or Martin Faßnacht, who are responsible for the recording list of Greek manuscripts. You will find their e-mailaddresses at http://egora.uni-muenster.de/intf/personen/personenliste_en.shtml