New Manuscripts from the National Library of Greece

8/7/2017

Additional manuscripts digitized by the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts have just been added to our collection. These include 10 manuscripts from the National Library of Greece in Athens, the site of our 2015-16 digitization project.

UV Comparison

Above is a leaf from GA Lect 444, a majuscule lectionary from the 10th century. As you can see, this manuscript is a palimpsest, so the original text (GA Lect 444) was scraped away and a different text (a liturgical book) was written over it by a later scribe. CSNTM digitized this manuscript using ultraviolet lighting in order to help scholars decipher the text more easily. Images of the entire manuscript, both with and without UV, have now been posted.

  • GA 781: 14th century minuscule of the Gospels. Lots of wax and dirt--signs of a well-used manuscript!
  • GA 809: 11th century minuscule of the Gospels. Extensive commentary in the margins surrounding the biblical text. Ornate canon tables and headpieces.
  • GA 811: 14th century (dated to 1321) minuscule of the Gospels.
  • GA 1405: 15th century minuscule of the Apostolos and Paul.
  • GA Lect 432: 12th century lectionary of the Gospels.
  • GA Lect 437: 12th century lectionary of the Gospels.
  • GA Lect 438: 13th century lectionary of the Gospels.
  • GA Lect 442: 12th century lectionary of the Gospels.
  • GA Lect 444: 10th century majuscule lectionary. 
  • GA Lect 447: 12th century lectionary of the Gospels.

These images have now become part of our growing searchable library, which gives everyone free access to the best available digital images of New Testament manuscripts.