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The unit delimitation in the Gospels of Alexandrinus is accomplished at several levels. At the highest level, paragraphs fall into major and minor divisions. Major paragraphs are marked through use of the paragraphus combined with ekthesis, with or without spacing. Minor paragraphs are marked through the use of ekthesis with or without spacing. Minor paragraphs are more frequent and numerous than major paragraphs. Unit divisions larger than paragraphs occur in both the OT and NT, and in the Gospels they are in the form of chapters. The scribes of the Gospels of Alexandrinus used the fifteen nomina sacra found in most fifth-century manuscripts, both in the biblical text and in paratextual features (the titloi and kephalaia). In Matthew and Mark, no chapter numbers are inserted into the margins of the text; in Luke and John the chapter numbers are consistently inserted into the margins.

Keywords: Codex Alexandrinus; Gospels of John; Gospels of Luke; Gospels of Mark; Gospels of Matthew; nomina sacra; Scribes

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