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The Codex Alexandrinus has a colorful history and obscure origins. In the Gospels, Alexandrinus stands at the headwaters of the Byzantine text type and contains the earliest extant example of the Old Greek chaptering system. It is one of the three oldest complete Greek Bibles and is a primary witness to the biblical texts. The codex has been brutalized by binders, survived at least one fire, and suffered the loss of a number of pages, and with an improperly prepared writing surface, its ink is slowly eating through some of its pages and turning them into lacework. Despite its dangerous journey, a sizable portion of this valuable codex remains available for scholarly investigation today. This is the introductory chapter of the book which describes the physical, paratextual, and textual features of the Gospels in Alexandrinus. It presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Byzantine text; Codex Alexandrinus; Gospels; Greek Bibles



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