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Codex Bezae

CODEX BEZAE (D) is named for [[Theodore Beza]], Calvin’s friend, who, after obtaining it near Lyons, France, during the Wars of Religion, gave it in 1581 to Cambridge University, in whose library it still lies. It is a bilingual MS, Gr. on the left page facing Lat. on the right. It contains the four gospels (in the Western order, Matt, John, Luke, Mark) and Acts with a small fragment of 1 John. Perhaps originally it had the Revelation also. There are numerous lacunae in Acts, some caused since the presence of the MS in Cambridge. It is dated in the 4th or 5th cent.: a long series of correctors and annotators have worked on it, some emending the text, others adding liturgical notes, one a series of “fortunes” foretelling the future. Its place of origin has caused much debate and is still not quite settled. Greek was the language of the region, and of most of the later annotators. The liturgical links are Greek, but there are occasional Lat. contacts in the style of the MS. This