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Frag. Smith Lewis 08

6th-7th century CE

Ancient Greek

Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (Münster)



This manuscript is formed of fragmentary folios covering passages from the gospels of Mark and John. Unfortunately, the parchment that covers Mark’s end is compacted together with two other leaves from a different manuscript. According to Agnes S. Lewis, one of the two famous Westminster Sisters who catalogued St. Catherine Monastery manuscripts and discovered Codex Sinaiticus, fragments of the verses are only legible “by holding the compacted leaves in strong sunlight.” Lewis managed to to read two columns in the ending of Mark ( The first column is from Mark 16:6-8, followed by the subscriptio, which signifies the end of the Gospel. However, the second column shows the presence of the shorter ending. This is followed by the longer ending, which was introduced by the statement “εστιν δε και ταυτα φερομενα μετα το εφοβουντο γαρ” in smaller characters. This is a case, similar to codices L and 044 where the different endings are present together, without mingling or harmonisation. Mina Monier, SNSF MARK16 project, SIB Lausanne (CH); © CC-BY 4.0