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1 Codex History

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The "textual setting" reveals to the careful observer, much about the purpose and use of the manuscript, both from the time of its creation and from its later utilization. As with many biblical manuscripts, the history of Alexandrinus as revealed by codicological examination has been largely ignored, to the detriment of its students. A number of inscriptions in the pages of Alexandrinus were made after its creation, and these interventions speak of the travels, ownership, and use of the codex through the centuries. The history of the codex after 1627, when it was made a gift to England, is relatively well known; this is summarized in this chapter. In light of the inscription on V1. F5a, it is probable that Patriarch Cyril Lucar brought Alexandrinus with him from Alexandria when he made the journey to Constantinople.

Keywords: biblical manuscripts; Codex Alexandrinus; Codex history; codicology; Patriarch Cyril Lucar



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