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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Cyprian Manuscript

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(CODEX CYPRIUS, so called from its place of discovery), usually designated as K of the Gospels, one of the important uncial MSS. of the N.T., containing the four Gospels complete, was brought into the Colbert collection from Cyprus in 1673. and is now in the Royal or National Library at Paris, where it is No. 63. It is an oblong quarto, written in a single column of about twenty-one lines on each page, in large upright and compressed characters, somewhat irregular. A single point of interpunction often standing where the sense does not require it, seems to indicate that it was copied from a text arranged in στίχοι . The subscriptions, τίτλοι, Ammonian sections, and indices of the κεφάλαια of the last three Gospels, are believed to be the work of a later hand; the Eusebian canons are absent. The breathings and accents are by the first hand, but often incorrectly placed. The writing, etc., may be taken as proof that the MS. is not older than the middle of the ninth century. Wetstein used readings from it for his N.T., and Scholz also collated it, but not accurately. This has been done more thoroughly by Tischendorf and Tregelles. The MS. yields many valuable readings. Scrivener, Introduc. p. 101 sq.; Tregelles, in Horne's Introduc. 4:201 sq. (See MANUSCRIPTS, BIBLICAL).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Cyprian Manuscript'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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