Kenneth Willis Clark Collection

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The Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts in Duke University Library contains ninety-eight manuscripts — in both roll and codex form — dating from the 9th to the 17th century.

Professor H. Branscomb of the Duke Divinity School bought a manuscript of the Greek New Testament in the Munich bookshop. The manuscript after his arriving to the Library became Duke Greek Ms. 1. It was happen in 19 February 1931, and it was the beginning of the collection. Although according the primary intention was to collect only manuscripts of the New Testament, today the collection contains a variety of materials.

In the collection are 27 manuscripts which contain texts of the New Testament. Among this number — Mss. 4, 5, 6, 15, 22, 25, 31, 38, 60, and 64. Ms. 60, also known as Codex Daltonianus, is most notable among this group. Written in the latter half of the 11th century, it contains commentaries to the four Gospels.

There are also some Lectionaries in collection, represented by MSS. 1, 2, 10, 12, 20, 24, 27, 28, 39, 43, 65, 82, 83, 85. Two lectionaries are more notable: Ms 65 and 85. Ms 65 ( 1839) was written in 11th century. Ms. 85 (451), is signed by Clement the Monk who dated it on the 20th of July, indiction 5, in the year 6560 [i.e., A.D. 1052]. This signature makes it one of the earliest dated Greek lectionary manuscripts. Another manuscript, Ms. 39, was written by the scribe Lucas. A large-format lectionary written on paper, it was produced between 1626 and 1629.

See also

Further reading

  • Clark Kenneth Willis, "Greek New Testament Manuscripts in Duke University Library", Library Notes, no. 27 (April 1953).

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