- Realizing that this question may not be totally appropriate for this list, I hope that, because of the depth of knowledge of some of the contributors, someone will be able to help me interpret a VodSoden reference.
I am trying to decipher the following VodSodon reference without much success.
Scribe: Leontius [XI] Manuscript: 186 (VS: Ac)
Can anyone tell me which scripture document this reference pertains to? Please feel free to respond directly to me off-line.
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- Robert Leonzio wrote -
>I have also been struggling to track down some references to von Soden
>I am trying to decipher the following Von Soden reference without much
>Scribe: Leontius [XI] Manuscript: 186 (VS: Ac)
>Can anyone tell me which scripture document this reference pertains to?
recently. I would suggest that according to von Soden's composite
classification, "186" means "Number 18 written in the 6th Century". I
think von Soden would probably have preceded the "186" with a lower-case
epsilon (for EUANGELIA) to show that it consisted of material from the
According to von Soden, (e)18(6) indicates the uncial Codex Rossanensis
which is kept at Rossano. It was produced in silver letters on purple
parchment with full-page illustrations, probably in the 6th century.
Since the lapse of von Soden's system, Rossanensis has been indicated by
a capital SIGMA in the Wettstein classification of uncials (because
SIGMA is the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet), and by 042 in Gregory's
I have found a useful 'Catalogus codicum graecorum I' in Augustine
Merk's Greek/Latin edition of the text of the New Testament (A. Merk,
"Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine" - Rome, l984 - tenth edition, pages
26-37). For each NT Greek manuscript listed, this neatly tabulates the
Wettstein/Gregory and von Soden (without century) symbols, followed by
the century in which the manuscript is thought to have been written, the
place where the manuscript is kept, a coded summary of its contents, and
a final "recension" entry. The table therefore cross-references von
Soden with Wettstein/Gregory.
I have used Merk's table in conjunction with K. Aland & A. Aland "The
Text of the New Testament" translated by E. R. Rhodes - Leiden 1987 -
which gives a descriptive list of Papyri, Uncials and Minuscules of the
NT, using both the Wettstein and Gregory classifications (pages
Codex Rossanensis contains the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. According to
Aland and Aland, and others, it has a very similar "Byzantine" text to
that found in Codex Purpureus Petropolitanus (von Soden (e)19(6),
Wettstein/Gregory N/022) most of which is kept in St Petersburg, and
which also was an uncial written in silver ink on purple vellum probably
in the sixth century.
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