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Detailed record for Harley 5647

Title The Four Gospels with a marginal commentary on Matthew (largely derived from the homilies of John Chrysistom), capitula, Eusebian sections, and hypotheses to Mark and Luke
Origin Eastern Mediterranean (Syria or Palestine)
Date 1st half of the 11th century or 2nd quarter of the 12th century
Language Greek, with some inscriptions in Arabic
Script Greek minuscule
Decoration Decorative head pieces in red ink at the beginning of each Gospel (ff. 4, 86, 138v, 216). Initials and running headers in red. Added 13th-century portraits of the four Evangelists in colours and gold by a Syriac artist (ff. 3v, 85v, 137v, 215v).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 195 (165 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 268
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling over wooden boards; gilt edges.
Provenance The Monastery of St Symeon the Wonderworker (Simeon Stylites the Younger) on the Wondrous Mountain, near Seleukeia Pieria on the Orontes: inscribed, ' Belonging to the holy convent of Mar Simeon the wondermaker known as the wonderful mountain in the days of Hosios Petros, kathegoumenos and archimandrite (f. 1 (in Greek), and f. 268 (in Arabic)).
Michael, Metropolitan of Bostra, and his son, the priest David: inscribed, 'Belonging to the humble and contemptible priest David son of Michael, Metropolitan of Bostra; may the Lord pardon their sins and the sins of all the children of Baptism. Amen. Whoever finds it, and withholds from its owner, will be....on the day we shall appear before God, to whom be praise and glory forever and ever. Amen. Ex libris patris mei Metropolitani ... Deus misereatur' (f. 1*v).
14th-century inscription relating to the purchase of the manuscript from 'the humble nun Eirene' for the Monastery of St Theodore (f. 267).
Thomas Johnson (fl. 1715-1726), bookseller, lent by him to Wetstein (see Summary Catalogue, 1999).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Ruled in hard point.
Extensive marginal commentary.
Matthew (ff. 4-81v)
Mark (ff. 86-133)
Luke (ff. 138v-213)
John (ff. 216-267)
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 5647.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Ilustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 1.

James Neville Birdsall, 'The New Testament Text,' in The Cambridge History of the Bible, I: From the Beginnings to Jerome, ed. by Peter R. Ackroyd and Christopher Francis Evans (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970), p. 325, pl. 23 [erroneously referred to in the text as pl. 22].

William L. Petersen, Tatian’s Diatessaron: Its Creation, Dissemination, Significance, and History in Scholarship, Supplements to Vigiliae Christiane formerly Philosophia Patrum, 25, ed. by J. Den Boeft and others (Leiden: Brill, 1994), pp. 68-59 (p. 98).

Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, pp. 154-55.

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