Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus

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Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C, 04, d 3)


5th Century CE.


Written on vellum and palimpsest, 31.4-32.5 cm. x 25.6-26.4 cm. There is one column and 40-46 lines per page. The ink is brown.


It has parts of the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament has Four Gospels, Acts, Catholic Epistles, Pauline Epistles (including Hebrews) and Apocalypse. The upper writing, which is the work of a twelfth century scribe, is a Greek translation of the discourses of Ephraem Syrus.

Total number of leaves are 209, out of which 145 belong to the New Testament.

The text is Alexandrian.


The words are written continuously without separation. Accents and breathing are absent.

Two correctors known as C2 or Cb and C3 or Cc, have made corrections in the manuscript. The former probably lived in Palestine in the sixth century, and the latter seems to have done his work in Constantinople.

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. is lost. John 5:4 and the Pericope de adultera are omitted. Hebrews follow immediately after Thessalonians.


Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.


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

The New Testament Manuscripts