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Codex Vercellensis s.n.

4th century CE


Elisa Nury


Dated from the second half of the fourth century, the Codex Vercellensis (or VL 3 or codex a) is considered the oldest extant Latin copy of the four gospels. It was copied in Italy, probably in Vercelli itself: according to the recorded tradition the codex either belonged to or was copied by St. Eusebius of Vercelli (d. 371). It contains the gospel of Mark on pages 524 to 634. The original pages with Mark 16, following Mark 15:7-15 on page 632, were lost. A replacement folio has the text of Mark 16:7-20 (p. 633 and 634). According to Gasquet (p. VI), the Codex Vercellensis may be related to the Corbiensis (VL 8) which also contains the longer ending of Mark 16. But according to Turner (1927), “a must have had either the shorter ending or none at all” (p. 18). Elisa Nury & Claire Clivaz, SNSF MARK16 project, SIB Lausanne (CH); © CC-BY 4.0