Codex Bezae

Codex Bezae or Cantabrigiensis (D, 05) Sixth Century

This manuscript of the four gospels (Matthew, John, Luke, Mark) and some of Acts contains 406 leaves each measuring 10 x 8 with a single column of text. The left-hand page is the Greek and the right-hand side is Latin (bilingual manuscript). There are 33 colometric lines on each page -- each line ends with a natural pause. The first three lines of each book is written with red ink and the remainder with brown ink. The high and middle points are used as punctuation along with the colon. A later hand has added liturgical marginal notations for the beginning (archi) and the ending (telos) of readings. There is evidence of as many as nine correctors who have worked on the manuscript between the sixth and twelfth century.

In line three a corrector has written an unnecessary alpha (A) (arrow 1) in order to complete a preposition whose final alpha is normally elided when it precedes a word beginning with a vowel. He does not do this in subsequent lines.

The scribe has transposed the letters of "egeneto" to form "enegeto." No corrector seems to have noticed.

The phrase under scrutiny in this example is punctuated with a mid point (arrow 2). In wording, Codex Bezae agrees with Papyrus 66 and Codex Sinaiticus. In punctuation, it conforms to the corrector of Papyrus 75 and the corrector of Codex Sinaiticus.

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