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Merton College MS. 9

Former shelfmark: A. 2. 9



Language(s): Latin

fol. ii is blank but for a list of contents, s. xviii.

1. (fols. 1–29)
Origen, Homilies on Joshua 9–26,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: Incipit omelia nona Origenis de altari quod edificauit Iesus
Incipit: Post ea quam subuertit Iesus Gai
Explicit: et ubi est uerus Israel in Christo Iesu d. n. cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit de Iesu Naue

CPG 1420; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 30 (1921), pp. 345–463; SChr 71 (1960), pp. 242–500; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6181.

2. (fols. 29–42v)
Origen, Homilies on Judges,

transl. Rufinus

Incipit: De eo quod scriptum est in libro Iudicum
Incipit: Lector quidam lectionis presentis ita legebat
Explicit: ut ab Ipso uictoriam consequi mereamur in Christo Iesu d. n. cui ...

CPG 1421; ed. Baehrens, pp. 464–522; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6183.

3. (fols. 42v-9v)
Origen, Homily on I Samuel,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: De Helchana et Fenenna
Incipit: Non tunc tantummodo Deus plantatuit paradysum
Explicit: ut in nouitate uite ambulem in Christo Iesu d. n. cui ...

CPG 1423; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 1–25; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6185.

4. (fols. 49v-58v)
Origen, Homilies on the Song of Songs,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: In exordium cantici canticorum
Incipit: Quomodo dicimus per Moysen esse quedam non solum sancta sed et sancta sanctorum
Explicit: ut digni efficiamur sponsi sermone sapiencia Christi Iesu cui ...

CPG 1432; ed. Baehrens, pp. 26–60; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6199; Lambert 206.

5. (fols. 58v-73v)
Origen, Homilies on Isaiah,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: Incipit in Ysaia omelia prima
Incipit: Quamdiu Ozias rex uixit
Explicit: per singula opera et efficeris Filius Dei in Christo Iesu cui ...

CPG 1437; PL 24. 901–36; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6202; Lambert 209.

6. (fols. 73v-111)
Origen, Homilies on Jeremiah,

transl. Jerome

Incipit: Quo tempore Ieremias exorsus est prophetare
Incipit: Deus ad benefaciendum promptus est
Explicit: magnificare omnipotentem Deum cum Christo Iesu cui ...

CPG 1438, 1; PL 25. 585–692, with a different prol.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6205; Lambert 212.

7. (fols. 111–51v)
Origen, Homilies on Ezechiel,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: Incipit prologus Eusebii Ieronimi in omelias Origenis super Ezechiel numero quattuordecim
Incipit: Magnum est quidem amice quod postulas
Rubric: Omelia Origenis prima
Incipit: Non omnis qui captiuus est propter peccata
Explicit: glorificantes Deum omnipotentem per Iesum Christum cui ...

CPG 1440; SChr 352 (1989), pp. 30–442; Lambert 214; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6208.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: eam in corde
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 155 leaves (ii + 153)
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 155 mm.
the edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.


a singleton, 1–188, 198(8 canc.); the quires numbered at the end, almost all cropped.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 37 lines.


A single early gothic bookhand of middling quality, probably French. Marginal annotation in several hands of s. xv-xvi in.: a neat anglicana of s. xv, the secretary hand of Fitzjames (see below), and at least one other of similar date.


On fol. 1 is a large (31-line) and handsome initial P in ‘Channel style’, pink, orange and blue with knotwork and interlace, on a gold ground, with red and blue display script. Elsewhere red or blue initials flourished in the other colour. Rubrication by the scribe of the text.


As for MS 8, presumably replacing one of s. xvii, resewn on five bands. fols. i-ii, 152–3 are paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIII in. ; France (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. iiv, presumably autograph, ‘Liber magistri Ricardi Fytz James sacre theologie professoris, quem emit 12 die Nouembris anno Christi 1482 precii x s.’; ‘Li 5us’, showing that the book was in a College electio, and a list of contents, c. 1500; in the untidy secretary hand of c. 1500, ‘Origenes super Iosue ex dono domini Ricardi Fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii, cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen’; below this is mounted the former parchment label from the back cover with Fitzjames’ armorial and ‘Origenes super Iosue ex dono domini Ricardi fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii’. Richard Fitzjames (BRUO 691–2) was fellow from c. 1468, warden 1483–1507, bishop of Chichester 1503–6, of London 1506–22. Below again is the College bookplate.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘253’ (recte 255), s. xvii. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is ‘N. 1. 9.’, canc and replaced by ‘A. 2. 9 (IX)’ in red on the College bookplate.

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. 6; Powicke, no. 1183; Alexander & Temple, no. 142.

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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