St John Chrysostom, Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles


Many of the Church Fathers wrote detailed exegetical studies of individual books of the Bible. These treatises were important sources for Byzantine clerics and theologians, and consequently many manuscripts containing such texts survive.

This manuscript, now in two volumes, is a good example of this. Dating to the 11th or 12th century, it contains the Commentaries of St John Chrysostom (c 347-407) on the Pauline Epistles, followed by the incomplete text of the Catholic Epistles.

The manuscript is an early example of a Greek book made using bombycine, as Arabic paper was known in Byzantium. The script is extremely neat, with red ink being used for titles and initials.

Charles Burney purchased the manuscript in the early 19th century. The British Museum acquired Burney's vast collection of manuscripts, theatrical ephemera, and newspapers in 1818 after his death.

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St John Chrysostom, Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles
11th-12th century
St John Chrysostom (author)
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Burney MS 48

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