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MS. Holkham Gr. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Diktyon no.: 48072

Gospel Lectionary: Gregory Aland 683; Scrivener 532; von Soden ε 357.


Language(s): Greek

Gospel Lectionary
(fol. 1r-v)
Eusebius of Caesarea, Epistula ad Carpianum ad canones evangeliorum praemissa (CPG 3465); Ὑπόθεσις Κανόνων τῆς τῶν Εὐαγγελιστῶν, in red ink
(fols 2r-8v)

Canon tables, in red ink

(fols 9r-10r)

Capitula of the Gospel of Matthew (Soden, pp. 405-407)

(fols 10r-v)
Theophylact of Bulgaria, Interpretation of the four Gospels
Rubric: ἑρμην⟨ε⟩ία τῶν τεσσάρων εὐαγγελίων· ἀπὸ φωνῆς θεοφυλάκτου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Βουλγαρίας· προοίμιον εἰς τοὺς τέσσαρας εὐαγγελιστάς
Incipit: Οἰ μὲν πρὸ τοῦ νόμου

The main part of the text on fol. 10v has been almost erased and is barely legible, written by a hand of 14th c.

(fols 11r-65v)

Gospel of Matthew with headings and numbering in red ink

(fols 65v-66r)

Capitula of the Gospel of Mark (Soden, pp. 407-409)

(fols 67r-101v)

Gospel of Mark with headings and numbering in red ink

(fols 102r-103r)

Capitula of the Gospel of Luke (Soden, pp. 409-411)

(fols 104r-158v)

Gospel of Luke with headings and numbering in red ink

(fol. 158v)

capitula of the Gospel of John (Soden, p. 411)

(fols 159r-199v)

Gospel of John with headings and numbering in red ink

(fols 199v-206v)

Synaxarion (brief), Menologion and Gospel Lections, entitled Συναξάριον σὺν Θεῷ τῶν εὐαγγελίων τοῦ ὅλου ἐνιαυτοῦ

(fols 204-205v)

Incipits of both Apostolic and Gospel Lections of Great Lent and Holy Week, including the Prokeimena and Communion Hymns

Rubric: τὰ ἐν τοῖς Σάββασι καὶ Κυριακαῖς τῶν ἁγἰων νηστειῶν· ἐκ τῆς πρὸς Ἑβραίους ἐπιστολῆς καὶ τοῦ κατὰ Μάρκον εὐαγγελίου. Ἔτι δὲ καὶ τὰ ἐν τῇ Μεγάλῃ Ἑβδομάδι.
Incipit: Σάββατον α´τῶν Νηστειῶν

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment.
Extent: fols iii paper leaves + 206 + iii numbered as 207-209.
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 150 mm.


28 lines per page; Lake I, 26 d.


Ornamented canon tables and head-pieces in red ink.


Typical Holkham binding of dull brown leather, with Coke family ostrich crest in gilt in the centre of the upper cover; Date: early nineteenth century. Rebound by John Jones of Liverpool (worked for Holkham 1816-1823). The spine lettered in gilt: S. EVANGELIUM | CUM | KALENDARIO | GR. |MS.| MEMB.| 5.


Origin: 12th-13th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 5. Ownership Notes: fol. ir, fol. iir Holk Cat. No. 4

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (February 2017), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.