Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Codex Zacynthius Study Day


Yesterday ITSEE organised a Study Day at Oriel College in Oxford to report on their research project on Codex Zacynthius (Cambridge, UL, MS Additional 10062) (for a previous contribution from this blog see here). It was a great day with very informative presentations and far too much to summarise here. Basically the project involves:
  • Complete transcription of overtext
  • MSI images (July 2018 EMEL): 51 images of each page (will be made available)
  • Base transcription by combining Greenlee & Tregelles – check against images
  • Identify sources of scholia (TLG etc.)
  • Transcription of scholia and ET (adjusted from NRSV)
  • Online and Printed Edition (Gorgias Press)
So some highlights:

The project is proposing three corrections to the text of Luke in 040 as currently understood (via Tregelles and Greenlee): Luke 1.6: read ἐναντίον τοῦ θεοῦ (with NA28 txt); Luke 7.21: read ἐν ἐκείνῃ (with NA28 txt); 8.46: read ἐξεληλυθυῖαν (with NA28 txt).

The text of Luke is not completely continuous, since the text ahs to keep in line with the commentary, so, for example, on 17 occasions a verse is repeated on the next page because comments continue; and twice a verse appears on three pages, e.g. Luke 9.1 has 3 pages of commentary)

The scholia are connected with the text through a numerical system: 328 passages have associated scholia (in the extreme three verses have five scholia: Luke 1.2; 1.43; 9.29). The scholiast is careful to identify sources (sometimes, esp with Severus of Antioch, to particular books or letters). Ten different authors named: Cyril of Alexandria (145); Origen (68), Titus of Bostra (49), Severus of Antioch (29) [latest author, he died in 538; condemned as heretic in 536] ...

34 scholia: ‘from the unattributed collection’
Most can be identified (TLG), but 44 (14%) have no parallel in TLG
NB online checklist of NT catena MSS:
Quite a close parallel in GA 747 (Paris): similar catena in content and structure

The scribe of the lectionary (lect 299) was named Nilos who made many little comments about his own failings; the same scribe also wrote Vat. Gr. 788 in AD 1170 (palimpsest, said by Devresse that the underwriting is illegible).

Here is a facsimile from Tregelles (1861) and the same page in a recent photo from the UL:

Here is a video on the Mult-Spectral Imaging:

For more on the project see here.
For more from the UL see here.
For forthcoming publication see here and here.


  1. Thanks for posting. I found the video interesting.
    Do you know if there's an anticipated date for when the online edition will be available?