The Lexiii17 Codex H Manuscript


Lexiii17, one of the three Codex H manuscripts collated between March and April 1892, stands out by being somewhat darker than either of its two companions and having fewer punctuation marks; there are minor scribal corrections in margins which do not impact text readability; it does not contain the Book of Rules but instead features Athanasius’ Synopsis instead (see Appendix).

Codex H is unique in that its quotations do not bear evidence of double numeration, nor has the scribe left the full title of Epistle in its heading as is done typically, as is evident from de la Bigne and Tillemont editions.

There are a few passages where Tyconius and Augustine differ significantly in textual detail; however, there are numerous instances of concurrence as well. Below are a few significant ones.

1. According to St Cyprian’s interpretation, Eze xxviii 13 reads as follows: ‘quod ipse sit sancti” or “quod is sitting holy” is translated literally, with “quaest” being an earlier form of “quod”.

2. “dicit” in Romans xiv 20. This reading of an African text contradicts what scholars traditionally assert – that its basis lies with Latin.

3.’subditus’ in Eph iv 9 This reading of an African text agrees with S. Cyprian’s quotation of Eze xxvi 21 and other places where subditus readings appear.

It is likely that the same scribe who wrote this manuscript also created the two other Codex H manuscripts.