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CLA 140
  • Cambridge United Kingdom University Library Nn. 2. 41
Script b-d Uncial
Date V in (401 - 425)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain and much disputed: Southern France, South Italy, also Egypt, have been suggested. The MS has a provincial look and can hardly be a product of a great centre of calligraphy. The first fairly certain fact is that it was used at Lyon in the ninth century by Ado and Florus. It was from the loot of the Lyon church of St Irenaeus in 1562 that Theodore Beza (1519–1605) acquired it. He presented it to the University of Cambridge in 1581.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 61777
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus Latina, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io); Actus Apostolorum Graeco-Latine.
Name Codex Bezae.
Script Commentary

Script is a definite type of uncial in which b and d regularly have the half-uncial form. The scribe is not expert; he writes the Latin in the Greek manner, but his Greek, too, is peculiar and unlike usual Oriental uncial. Many annotations and corrections, mostly in the Greek; one of the earliest Latin correctors (G) is seen in the CLA plate. The restored pages are probably by Florus of Lyon. The MS was used liturgically from early times.


☛CLA first-edition date (V) changed to follow second edition. ☛D. C. Parker, Codex Bezae. An Early Christian Manuscript and its Text (Cambridge 1991).

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