Sunday, April 22, 2007

A. J. Brown on 2879 and L2436 in NovT: The Gospel Commentary of Theophylact and a Neglected Manuscript in Oxford

Among the articles in the new issue of Novum Testamentum, Andrew J. Brown's piece on "The Gospel Commentary of Theophylact and a Neglected Manuscript in Oxford" attracts our attention. The abstract reads:

"A notable manuscript of Theophylact's commentary on the Gospels, formerly owned by William Grocyn and Thomas Linacre, has belonged to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for 470 years. The same volume also contains two leaves from a Gospel lectionary. Long overlooked by textual critics, this codex has at last attained its place as Greek New Testament minuscule 2879 and lectionary 2436. In editing the Greek New Testament text from 1514 onwards, Erasmus made considerable use of Theophylact manuscripts at Basle, whereby the work of Theophylact became a major ingredient in the formation of the Textus Receptus. There remains a need for a reliable critical edition of Theophylact's commentaries."

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