Re: "Symbols" in Codex Bezae
- Here are my guesses:
The beta-like symbol may be a stylised ΑΡΧΗ, especially since it is
right next to a recognisable one.
The symbol above ΕΠΙΑΝ (ΕΠΙ ΑΝ?) may be a symbol to indicate that iota
and pi should be transposed to give the more familiar ΕΙΠΑΝ. (Although
if that is what it is, why isn't it above the pi and iota?)
You did not mention Garthausen in the list of books consulted. It is
invaluable for such things:
Gardthausen, V. 1913. Griechische Palaeographie. Vol. 2. Die Schrift,
Unterschriften und Chronologie im Alterum und im Byzantinischen
Mittelalter. 2nd ed. Leipzig: Veit. Repr. 1978. Berlin: Nationales
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bryan Cox" <b_coxus@...> wrote:
> Can anyone tell me more about the following symbols?
> Around Acts 1:12 in Codex Bezae, there are two symbols in the left
> Codex Bezae - Acts 1:12
> (1) The leftmost symbol appears to be a beta. I assume this is a
> section marker (cf. Swanson). The beta appears to be in miniscule form.
> (2) The rightmost symbol appears to be an abbreviation / combination of
> the letters chi, rho, nu / alpha?, sigma? I have consulted Metzger,
> Groningen, Maunde, and Cavallo, but I cannot find this symbol (or have
> missed it). The best possibility I could come up with was a lectionary
> symbol, ARCH, but the more normal lectionary symbol is found a few pages
> Both the beta and this letter combination seem to me to be much later
> additions to the manuscript since miniscule and abbreviations like this
> one did not normally occur until after the mid-10th century. Does this
> seem like an accurate assessment?
> One other "symbol" I am curious about is found over the epsilon of the
> word ÎµÎ¹ÏÎ±Î½ in Acts 1:11. My best guess is a non-original,
> "square" accent...
> Codex Bezae - Acts 1:11
> Any direct help or references to help in decoding these would be greatly
> Bryan Cox
> Plano, Tx
> Moderator, Greek Geeks YahooGroup