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Codex Sarravianus. Vellum Uncial G.

130 leaves at Leiden, 22 at Paris, 1 at Leningrad. A very fine manuscript, probably of the 5th century, though it has sometimes been attributed to the fourth. It is written with two columns to the page, & (like the Vatican & Sinaitic MSS) has no enlarged initials. It contains portions of the Pentateuch, Joshua & Judges, & is provided with Origen's asterisks & obeli; but unfortunately, as in all other MSS of this class, these symbols have been very imperfectly reproduced, so that we cannot depend absolutely on it to recover the text as it was before Origen's additions & alterations. Plate VIII (above) shows (in reduced form) the page containing Deut.xvi.22-xvii.8. Asterisks will be seen in the margins of both columns. That near the bottom of the first column indicates that words corresponding to "& thou hast heard of it" in xvii.4 were not found in the original Greek of the Septuagint, but were inserted by Origen to make it correspond with the Hebrew. Similarly the asterisks in the second column show that in xvii.5 the words "which have committed that wicked thing unto thy gates, even that men or that woman" were not in the original Septuagint, but were inserted by Origen from the Hebrew. Both passages occur in our Authorised Version, which of course follows the Hebrew; but they are not in the best MSS of the Septuagint, though A & F have the second passage, which is a sign that they have been affected by Hexaplaric influences.  

Description & picture from 'Our Bible & the Ancient Manuscripts' by Sir Frederick Kenyon (1895 - 4th Ed. 1939) Pg 69 & Plate VIII. (Page fragment illustrated: 23 x 22cm.)