A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 5

Former shelfmark: A. 2. 5



Language(s): Latin

On the front pastedown is a table of contents in the same hand as that in MS 4.

1. (fols. 1–35v)
Origen, Homilies on Genesis,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: Incipit tractatus Origenis in uetus Testamentum. Omelia prima.
Incipit: In principio... Quid est principium nisi Dominus
Explicit: in morali loco posuimu⟨s⟩
Final rubric: Explicit omelia xvii. in Genesim

CPG 1411; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 29 (1920), pp. 1–144.

2. (fols. 35v-65)
Origen, Homilies on Exodus,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: Incipit omelia i. in Exodum
Incipit: Videtur mihi unusquisque sermo scripture diuine
Explicit: tabernaculum Deo Iacob per Christum d. n. cui ...
Final rubric: Finit omelia xiii. in Exodum

CPG 1414; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 29 (1920), pp. 145–279.

3. (fols. 65–114v)
Origen, Homilies on Leviticus,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: Incipit proemium in expositione Origenis super Leuiticum
Incipit: Sicut in nouissimis diebus uerbum Dei ex Maria carne uestitum processit
Explicit: (ends impf. near the end of Hom. 17. 7) qui nos in captiuitatem

CPG 1416; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 29 (1920), pp. 280–507 line 8.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: iubet terre
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 114 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 425 × 285 mm.
Dimensions (written): 320 × 205 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed and stained yellow.


a pastedown, 1–148, 15?4(lacks 3–4), the quires numbered at the end.


Ruled with plummet in 2 cols of 40 lines.


One expert English protogothic bookhand, the same as MS 4.


As for MS 4, plain initials except for f. 85, a 12-line blue P on a pink ground edged with green, enclosing green, blue, white and gold foliage on orange.


Late medieval, as for MS 4, including the marks of chain-staples. A rust-hole in the upper margin of f. 114 does not correspond to anything on the rear board.


Origin: S. XII ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

As for MS 4. On the front pastedown, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex dono Magistri Walteri Rammesbury inceptoris theologie, precentoris in ecclesia Herefordensi ac quondam prefate domus consocii, cuius anime propicietur Deus [et ... in purgatorio erased] existencium. Oretis igitur pro &c.’, in the same hand as the corresponding inscription in MS 4; ‘N. 1. 5. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 2. 5’ in purple and ‘(V)’ in red; the College bookplate.

At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘26’ (recte 252), s. xvii in. ‘5’ is inked on the foredge.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.


    Coxe, p. 4; Powicke, no. 599.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2018-08-01: First online publication

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