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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.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.