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Codex Alexandrinus - 5th century

This has been one of the chief treasures of the British Museum since its foundation, and a volume of it may be seen, side by side with the Sinaiticus, by every visitor in one of the showcases in the Department of Manuscripts. Its history, at least in later years, is much less obscure than that of the Sinaiticus. In 1624 it was offered by Cyril Lucar, Patriarch of Constantinople, to Sir Thomas Roe, our ambassador in Turkey, for presentation to King James I. King James died before the manuscript started for England, and the offer was transferred to Charles I. In 1627 the gift was actually accomplished, and the MS. remained in the possession of our sovereigns until the Royal Library was presented to the nation by George II, when it entered its present home.

This page, number 69, folio 45r is of John's gospel.

Column 1 begins at Jn.4.42:

ΤΗ ΤΕ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΙ ΕΛΕΓΟΝ ...
(literally) ... AND-TO-THE WOMAN THEY-WERE-SAYING ...

Jn.5 begins on line 5 of column 2 and the page ends at verse 14:

ΜΕΤΑ ΤΑΥΤΑ ΗΝ ΕΟΡΤΗ ΤΩΝ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΩΝ ...
AFTER THESE-THINGS THERE-WAS A-FEAST OF THE JEWS ...
... ΜΕΤΑ ΤΑΥΤΑ ΕΥΡΙΣΚΕΙ ΑΥΤΟΝ Ο ΙΣ ΕΝ ΤΩ ΙΕΡΩ
AFTER THESE-THINGS FINDS HIM - JESUS IN THE TEMPLE ... .

(Notice the use of Nomina sacra (overlined) where it occurs on this folio.)

Jn.4.42 ends the passage of the encounter between Jesus & the Samaritan woman. Verses 43-54 are the account of the healing of an official's son, Chapter 5 verses 1-18 is the account of the healing at the pool of Bethesda. The passages are HERE.

Read more about codex Alexandrinus HERE.
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