LAVRA MONASTERY NEW TESTAMENT

MS 2932
MS Short Title LAVRA MONASTERY NEW TESTAMENT
Text BIBLE: NEW TESTAMENT, WITHOUT REVELATION, WITH CANON TABLES AND LETTER OF EUSEBIUS, TABLE FOR SYNAXARION, MENOLOGION AND GOSPEL LECTIONS FOR FIXED AND MOVABLE FEAST DAYS
Description MS in Greek on vellum, Lavra Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece, 13th c., 340 (-8?) ff., 21x14 cm, single column, (16x10 cm), 33 lines in Greek minuscule, titles in red capitals, initials in red, some with ornamental extensions, 4 6-lines embellished initials with foliate and acanthus-like ornaments, columns with semi circular pinkish-brown arches around canon tables, 3 half-page square headpieces with floral, palm-shaped or geometrical motifs enclosed in round medallions.
Binding Greece, late 14th c., brown goatskin over wooden boards, chain stitches on 4 sewing stations, stamped geometrical pattern of 4 rectangles inscribed in a triple fillet frame, spine raised alla grecca, traces of clasps and of 4 metal bosses, one in each corner.
Context The present MS bears a striking resemblance to certain books copied and decorated by the late Byzantine scribe and illuminator Theodore Hagiopetrites, who might have worked in Thessaloniki. The exceptional binding can be related to a select group of bindings produced in Constantinople from the middle to the end of the 14th c., it is similar to Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS Grec. 2461, dated to the last third of 14th c., related to the Imperial court.
Provenance 1. Lavra Monastery, Mt. Athos (13th c.); 2. Sold Istanbul (1925); 3. René Bonjean, Bulligny, Chateau de Tumejus, France; 4. Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio.
Commentary An example of the modest yet high quality scriptural and liturgical MS production of the late Byzantine period, refered to as the "Palaeologan Renaissance". Revelation was not part of the canon, and therefore not included in the present MS. Greg.-Aland 2866=2483.
Published Tommy Wasserman: The Epistle of Jude: Its Text and Transmission. Coniectanea Biblica, New Testament series, 43. Stockholm, Almqvist & Wiksell International, 2006.
Place of origin Greece
Dates 13c AD

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