Four Gospels - Old Latin - 4th century

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One of the oldest and best manuscripts of the Old Latin is the CODEX VERCELLENSIS (a ), of which a facsimile is given in Plate XXIV. It contains the four Gospels, in the order usual in the Western Church - namely, Matthew, John, Luke, Mark. It is written in silver letters, in very narrow columns, on extremely thin vellum stained with purple. The passage shown in the Plate is John xvi.23-30. In verse 26 this MS. has a curious reading, due to an accidental omission of words: instead of "Ye shall ask in my name; and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you," it has "ask in my name, and I will pray for you." The passage may be seen at the top of the second column: "in nomine meo petite et ego rogabo propter vos," the words "et ego" being added above the line. This manuscript was written in the fourth century, and is consequently as old as the oldest Greek uncials of the Bible. It is now at Vercelli in Italy.
Description & picture from 'Our Bible & the Ancient Manuscripts' by Sir Frederick Kenyon (1895 - 4th Ed. 1939) Page 172 & Plate XXIV. (Illustration: 18 x 10.5cm - Original page-size: 24 x 16cm. ) 

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