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Amiantinus Luke Ch.1

Codex Amiatinus Vulgate Bible - 8th century.

The best manuscript of the Vulgate is the CODEX AMIATINUS, of which a reduced facsimile, showing the lower half of the page, is given in Plate XXV.

This has a special interest for Englishmen, apart from the value of the text contained in it, as having been produced in England at the beginning of the eighth century. Its English origin was only discovered about fifty years ago, and in a curious way. On its second page is an inscription stating that it was presented to the abbey of Monte Amiata by Peter of Lombardy, and it was always supposed to have been written in Italy. But Peter's name, was obviously written over an erasure, and, besides, spoilt the metre of the verses in which the inscription is composed. Still, the truth was never suspected until a brilliant conjecture by the Italian G. B. de Rossi, confirmed by a further discovery by Professor Hort, showed that the original name was not Peter of Lombardy, but Ceolfrid of England. Then the whole history of the MS. was made clear. It was written either at Wearmouth or at Jarrow, famous schools in the north of England in the seventh and eighth centuries (having probably been copied from MSS. brought from Italy by Ceolfrid), and was taken by Abbot Ceolfrid as a present to Pope Gregory II in the year 716. It was used in the revision of the Vulgate by Pope Sixtus V in 1585-90, and its present home is in the great Laurentian Library at Florence. It is a huge volume, each leaf measuring 19.5 by 13.5 inches, written in large and beautifully clear letters. The passage shown in the Plate is Luke iv.32-v.6. An example of a correction may be seen in column 2, thirteen lines from the bottom, where the singular imperative laxa has been altered by a corrector to the plural laxate, which corresponds more exactly with the original Greek. The text is carefully and accurately written, and it is taken by Wordsworth and White as their first and most important authority.

Description from 'Our Bible & the Ancient Manuscripts' by Sir Frederick Kenyon (1895 - 4th Ed. 1939) Page 175.

The whole bible has been made available on-line by the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.

CODEX AMINANTINUS – CONTENTS (The folio numbers correspond to the start of the scripture text. Page back for an introductory preface, if required!)

OLD TESTAMENT (VETERIS TESTAMENTI): Start Page. Carta1v | Gen. (Liber Genesis) f11r | Ex. (Liber Exodus) f51r | Lev. (Liber Leviticus) f86v | Num. (Liber Numeri) f111v | Deut. (Liber Deuteronomii) f146r |
| Josh. (Liber Iosue) f175r | Jdg. (Liber Iudicum) f195r | Ruth (Liber Ruth) f215v | 1-2 Sam. (Regum primus et secundus) f221r | 1-2 Kgs. (Regum tertius et quartus) f276v | Chron. (Paralipomenon primus at secundus) f330r |
| Pss. (Liber Psalmorum) f379v | Prov. (Proverbia Salomonis) f419v |Eccl. (Ecclesiastes) f437v | Song. (Canticum Canticorum) f443v | Wis. (Liber Sapientiae) f447r | Sir. (Ecclesiasticus) f461r |
| Isa. (Prophetia Isaiae) f498v | Jer. (Prophetia Ieremiae) f538r | Lam. (Threni) f586r | Ezek. (Prophetia Ezechielis) f592r | Dan. (Prophetia Danielis) f634v | Hos. (Prophetia Osee) 652r | Joel (Prophetia Ioel) f657r | Am. (Prophetia Amos) f659v | Ob. (Prophetia Abdiae) f663v | Jon. (Prophetia Ionae) f664r | Mic. (Prophetia Michaeae) f665v | Nah. (Prophetia Nahum) f668v | Hab. (Prophetia Habacuc) f670r | Zeph. (Prophetia Sophoniae) f671v | Hag. (Prophetia Aggaei) f673r | Zech (Prophetia Zachariae) f674v | Mal. (Prophetia Malachiae) f681r |
| Job (Iob) f684r | Tob. (Liber Thobiea) f702r | Jdt. (Iudith) f709v | Esth. (Liber Hester) f720v |
| Ezra-Neh. (Liber Ezrae) f731r | Neh. (Liber Neemia) f738v | 1 Macc. (Liber primus Machabaeorum) f751v | 2 Macc. (Liber secundus Machabaeorum) f777v |

NEW TESTAMENT (NOVI TESTAMENTI) – CONTENTS: Title Page f796v | Mt. (incp. evan. sec. Mat.) f805r | Mk. (Marcus evangelista ...) f832v | Lk. (evangelii sec. Lucam) f852r | Jn. (Ioannes evangelista ...) f883r | Acts (incipit liber Actu. um Apostolorum) f905v |
| Rom. ( ... epistolae ad Romanos) f938v | 1 Cor. (in cipit. epistola ad Corinthios) f950r | 2 Cor. (in cip. epistola ad Corinthios sec) f961r | Gal. (in cip. epost. ad Galatas) f968v | Eph. (in cip. epist. ad Ephesios) f972v | Phil. (in cip. epist. ad Philippenses) f976v | Col. (in cipt. epist. ad Colosenses) f979v | 1 Thess. (in cip. epist. ad Thes sal- p) f982v | 2 Thess. (in cipiunt epistola ad Thes salonicenses sec.) f985r | 1 Tim. (incip. epist. ad Timotheum p) f987r | 2 Tim. (incip. epist. ad Timotheum sec.) f990r, Titus (incipit epist. ad Titum) f992v | Philem. (incipit epistola ad Philemonim) f993v |
| Heb. (in cipit epist. ad Hebreos) f995r | James (de epistula Iacobi) f1003v | 1 Pet. (incip. epist. sci. Petri I) f1006v | 2 Pet. (incip. epist. sci. Petri II) f1009v | 1 Jn. (incip. epist. Ioan I) f1012r | 2 Jn. (incip. epist. Ioan II) f1014v | 3 Jn. (incip. epist. Ioan. III) f1015r | Jude (incipit epist. Iudae) f1015v |
| Rev. (APOCALYPSIS thu. xpi. ...) f1016v |

Published transcription by C Tischendorf 1850 HERE. (New Testament only!)