Codex Vaticanus

Codex Vaticanus


Codex Vaticanus (B, 03, d 1)


4th Century CE.


Written on vellum, 27-28 cm. x 27-28 cm. There are three columns and 40-44 lines per column. The ink used is brown.


It has both the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament contains Four Gospels, Acts, Catholic Epistles and Pauline Epistles as far as Hebrew 9:14.

Total number of leaves are 759 of which 142 are of the New Testament.

The text is Alexandrian (“Neutral”).


The words are written continuously without separation. Accents and breathing are added by a later hand. Punctuation is very rare and apostrophe occasionally used. The Old Testament quotations are indicated. It has peculiar chapter divisions in the Gospels; double chapter division in Acts; brief subscription for each of the Pauline Epistles.

The codex is the work of two scribes, who are frequently called as A and B. The New Testament was copied by the latter. Two correctors, one practically contemporary with the scribes and the other of the tenth or eleventh century, have made corrections in the manuscript.

Salient Features

Matthew 16:2 f. is omitted, Mark ends at 16:8, Luke 22:43 f., John 5:4 and the Pericope de adultera are omitted. The doxology of Romans comes after 16:23. Hebrews follow immediately after II Thessalonians.


Bibliotheca Vaticana. Vatican City.


[1] W. H. P. Hatch, The Principal Uncial Manuscripts Of The New Testament, 1939, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Plate XIV.