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3 Palaeography and Paratextual Features of the Gospels

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In this chapter the paratextual and palaeographical features of the Gospels in Alexandrinus are examined: the letter forms of the two hands writing the Gospels; the ruling practice used throughout the codex; the practice of dividing words across rows used by both Gospel scribes; the use of color in text and paratextual features; the implementation of subscriptions and tailpiece designs; the instantiation of the Eusebian Apparatus in the Gospels; and the use of kephalaia and titloi in the Gospels. The chapter demonstrates that there were two hands at work in the Gospels of Alexandrinus and a third hand at work in Revelation. The first scribe (NT Scribe 1) copied the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and the kephalaia list for the Gospel of Luke. The second scribe (NT Scribe 2) copied the Gospels of Luke and John. The Gospel of John ends with a modest coronis and no miniature art.

Keywords: Codex Alexandrinus; Gospels of John; Gospels of Luke; Gospels of Mark; Gospels of Matthew; palaeographical analysis; paratextual features; Revelation



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