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Images of Six Uncatalogued Manuscripts from the National Library of Greece


New manuscripts digitized by theCenter for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) have just been added to our searchable collection. These include 6 newly discovered manuscripts from the National Library of Greece (NLG) in Athens, the site of our ongoing digitization project for 2015–16. The discoveries were made by Dr. Daniel B. Wallace during his preparation of each manuscript for digitization. They are listed according to their NLG shelf number, as they have not yet been assigned a Gregory-Aland number. They cannot be confirmed as new discoveries without further investigation (i.e. they could be missing sections from extant New Testament manuscripts).

Computer screen during digitization

  • NLG 122: 14th century minuscule of the book of Hebrews. This manuscript was previously considered part of GA 794; however, it actually constitutes a separate manuscript. It came about when a second scribe took over a previous scribe’s work as he was copying the Pauline corpus. The scribe did not realize that his predecessor had already copied Hebrews—so he copied it again!
  • NLG 2064: 16th century lectionary and euchologion.
  • NLG 2065: 15th century lectionary and euchologion.
  • NLG 2771: 16th century minuscule of the Gospel of Mark, with other patristic and liturgical text. The codex appears to be a patchwork: the paper is of varying qualities, there are several different dates given for its provenance, and there were between 12 and 20 scribes who worked on the manuscript. One of the scribes appears to be the famous monk Pachomios Rousanos.
  • NLG 2791: 17th century lectionary dated to 1638 of the Gospels and Paul. The lections are embedded in a liturgical text.
  • NLG 3139: 13th century minuscule dated to 1227/1228 of Paul. The text is accompanied by commentary by Theophylact (d. 1107). The first three quires of the manuscript are now missing, so the text begins at Romans 7.15.

In addition to the manuscripts from the NLG, we have also uploaded and tagged additional manuscripts from our archives. 

These images have now become part of our growing searchable library, which gives everyone free access to the best available digital images of New Testament manuscripts.