Codex Boernerianus

Codex Boernerianus Facsimile Edition

Boerner Scriptorium, Abbey of St. Gall (Switzerland) — Second half of the 9th century

A small New Testament codex appended by a poem written in Old Irish by a disappointed pilgrim after making the hazardous journey to Rome

  1. The codex originated from an Irish monk in the Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland ca. 850–900

  2. It contains the Epistles of Paul (except for the Epistle to the Hebrews) in Greek and Latin

  3. A facsimile was made in 1909 before the original suffered severe water damage during World War II

Codex Boernerianus

Mscr. Dresd. A.145.b Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (Dresden, Germany)
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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Description
Codex Boernerianus

This small New Testament codex originated in the 9th century and is named after its former owner, theology professor Christian Frederick Boerner (1683–1753). Its text, written 20 lines per page in a single column, consists of the Epistles of Paul except for the Epistle to the Hebrews. The primary text is written in Greek using the Western text-type with a Latin translation using the Anglo-Saxon alphabet appearing above the lines of Greek text. Relevant quotations from the Old Testament are written in the left-hand margin. Lastly, a poem written in Old Irish appears in the manuscript, which appears to have been written by a disappointed pilgrim after making the hazardous journey to Rome. This poem in combination with stylistic evidence from the script indicates that the codex was written by an Irish monk in the Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland between 850 and 900. The codex suffered severe water damage during World War II, but thankfully a facsimile was published in 1909.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codex Boernerianus epistolarum Paulinarum graeco-latin
Codex Boernerianus der Briefe des Apostles Paulus
Size / Format
110 folios / 24.7 × 19.0 cm
Date
Second half of the 9th century
Script
Uncial

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 Der codex Boernerianus der Briefe des Apostles Paulus

Karl W. Hiersemann – Leipzig, 1909

Publisher: Karl W. Hiersemann – Leipzig, 1909
Commentary: 1 volume by Alexander Reichardt
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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