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Codex Sangallensis 48


Codex Sangallensis 48

Codex Sangallensis, designated by Δ or 037 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 76 (von Soden), is a diglot Greek-Latin uncial manuscript of the four Gospels. Usually it is dated palaeographically to the 9th, only according to the opinions of few palaeographers to the 10th century.[1] It was named by Scholz in 1830.[2]


The codex contains 198 parchment leaves (actual size 23 cm by 18.5 cm). The text is written in one column per page, and 17-28 lines per page,[1] in large semi-uncial letters.[3]

The codex contains almost the complete text of the four Gospels with only one lacunae in John 19:17-35. The Latin text is written above the Greek (as Codex Boernerianus) and in the minuscule letters. It is decorated, but decorations were made by inartistic hand.[4] The manuscript from which Sangallensis was copied was written stichometrically.

The text is divided according to Ammonian Sections, whose numbers are given at the margin, with references to the Eusebian Canons in Roman letters (written below Ammonian Section numbers). There are also τιτλοι (titles of chapters), given at the top of the pages.[3]

It contains prolegomena, the Epistle of Jerome to Pope Damasus I, the Eusebian Canon Tables, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) both in Greek and Latin.[3][5]

The texts of Mark 7:16 and Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is omitted, but a blank space was left.


The Greek text of the Gospel of Mark is a representative of the late Alexandrian text-type (similar to Codex L),[4] and in rest of the gospels the Byzantine text-type (as in Codex Athous Lavrensis). Aland placed it in Category III.[1]

Textual variants
In Matthew 27:35 it has additional phrase τα ιματια μου εαυτοις, και επι τον ιματισμον μου εβαλον κληρον together with codices: Θ, 0250, f1, f13, 537, 1424.
In Matthew 1:12 it reads Ζορομβαβαβελ for Ζοροβαβελ.[6]
In Mark 4:19 it has unique variant η αγαπη του πλουτου (the love of wealth), other manuscripts have η απατη του πλουτου, απαται του πλουτου or απαται του κοσμου.[7]
In Mark 9:49 it reads πας γαρ πυρι αλισθησεται – as manuscripts (א εν πυρι) B L W f1 f13 28 565 700 260 syrs copsa.
In John 1:15 ο οπισω ] ο πισω, the reading is supported by p66 and 1646;[8]

Latin text

The Latin version seems a mixture of the Vulgate with Old Latin Itala, and altered and accommodated to the Greek as to be of little critical value.

The interlinear Latin text of the codex is remarkable for its alternative readings in almost every verse, e.g. uxorem vel coniugem for την γυναικα in Matthew 1:20.[9]


The codex was written in the West, possibly in the St. Gallen monastery, by an Irish monk in the 9th century.[10] It can not be dated earlier, because it has a reference to the (heretical) opinions of Godeschalk at Luke 13:24, John 12:40.

Siglum Δ was given by Scholz.[11]

It was examined by Martin Gerbert (1773), Scholz, Rettig, J. Rendel Harris, Oscar von Gebhardt. Rettig thought that Codex Sangallensis is a part of the same manuscript as the Codex Boernerianus.[10]

The text of the codex was edited by H. C. M. Rettig in 1836, but with some mistakes (e.g. in Luke 21:32 οφθαλμους instead of αδελφους).[4] There are references made to the opinions of Godeschalk († 866) in Luke 13:24; John 12:40 and to Hand Aragon († 941).[10] The Latin text in a major part represents the Vulgata.[10]

The codex is located in the Abbey library of St. Gallen (48) at St. Gallen.[1][12]


See also

Bible portal


Further reading

  • H. C. M. Rettig, Antiquissimus quattuor evangeliorum canonicorum Codex Sangallensis Graeco-Latinus intertlinearis, Quart., (Zurich, 1836), p. LIV, 429.
  • H. C. M. Rettig, , Theologische Studien und Kritiken (1836), pp. 465-469.
  • Gustav Scherrer, Verzeichniss der Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothel. von St. Gallen …, (Halle, 1875).
  • , (London, 1891).

External links

  • Codex Sangallensis Δ (037): at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism
  • Codex Sangallensis 48 images of the codex at the Stiffsbibliothek St. Gallen
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