Codex Bezae

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Codex Bezae (D, 05, d 5)


5th Century CE.


Written on vellum, 25.8-26.7 cm. x 17-22.9 cm. There is one column and 33 lines per page. The ink is brown.


It has Four Gospels and Acts in Greek and Latin. The Greek text is on the left and the Latin on the righ-hand. It seems that the codex formerly contained the Catholic Epistles, for the ending of III John is preserved before the beginning of the Acts.

Total number of leaves are 510.

The text is Western.


The words are written continuously without separation. Accents and breathing are absent. The Old Testament quotations are not indicated. Ammonian sections and some liturgical notes were added by later hand.

According to Scrivener, nine correctors, ranging in date from the end of the sixth century to about the eleventh or twelfth and later, have made corrections in the manuscript (cf. F. H. A. Scrivener, Bezae Codex Cantabrigiensis, Cambridge, 1864, pp. xxiv ff.)

Salient Features

Matthew 16:2 f. is present and not marked as doubtful or spurious. The longer ending of Mark is given. Luke 22:43 f. and Pericope de adultera are present and not marked as spurious or doubtful. John 5:4 is omitted. The ending of Acts is lost.


University Library, Cambridge, United Kingdom.


[1] W. H. P. Hatch, The Principal Uncial Manuscripts Of The New Testament, 1939, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Plate XXII.

The New Testament Manuscripts