Lectionary 216

Lectionary 216, designated by siglum 216 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a Greek manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[1][2] Scrivener labelled it by 251evl and 64apost.[3]


The codex contains 19 lessons from the Gospels, Acts, and Epistles lectionary (Evangelistarium, Apostolarium),[4][5] on 60 parchment leaves (17.8 cm by 12 cm), with some lacunae. The text is written in Greek minuscule letters, in one column per page, 17 lines per page.[1][2]

It contains the liturgies of Chrysostom, of Basil, and of the Presanctified Gifts (the same ones as Lectionary 223).[3] It has some pictures and decorations.[6] At the foot of folio 57 verso is a fair picture of an angel with golden glory.[5]

No iota adscriptum or iota subscriptum is found. There is no very special critical value in the readings.[5]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 12th or 13th century, Gregory to the 12th century.[3][4] It is presently assigned by the INTF to the 13th century.[1][2] The name of the scribe is unknown.

Of the history of the codex nothing is known until the year 1864, when it was in the possession of a dealer at Janina in Epeiros. It was then purchased from him by a representative of Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814–1906), a philanthropist,[7] along with other Greek manuscripts.[4] They were transported to England in 1870-1871.[8] The manuscript was presented by Burdett-Coutts to Sir Roger Cholmely's School, and was housed at the Highgate (Burdett-Coutts I. 10), in London.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (number 251) and Gregory (number 216). Gregory saw it in 1883.[4] It was used by Charles Anthony Swainson for his treatise on the Greek Liturgies (Introduction (1884), p. XXI).[9]

In 1922 it was acquired for the University of Michigan.[10] The manuscript was digitalized by the CSNTM in 2008.[11]

The manuscript is not cited in the critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS3).[12]

Currently the codex is housed at the University of Michigan (Ms. 49) in Ann Arbor.[1][2]

See also

Bible portal

Notes and references


  • Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, (Cambridge, 1893), pp. LXVI-LXVII (as u)
  • Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago, 1937), p. 317.

External links

  • Images of Lectionary 216 at the CSNTM

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