The catena manuscripts on Acts: a revised classification

Emanuele Scieri

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Earlier scholarship faced a number of limitations in classifying catena manuscripts on the Acts of the Apostles. This study makes a comparison of exegetical scholia in selected text passages (Acts 2:1–16, 8:9–25, 28:19–31) in order to determine the different types of catena and how they relate to each other. This survey reveals the diversity of the tradition: some manuscripts are merely copies, which repeat the same text with only small variations, but others are unique and cannot be directly identified with a particular catena type. It is therefore necessary to expand the classification of catenae on Acts in the Clavis Patrum Graecorum so as to mark subdivisions within the individual types.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalVigiliae Christianae
Early online date16 Dec 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Dec 2021


  • catena
  • manuscript
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Clavis Patrum Graecorum
  • scholia
  • Andreas the Presbyter


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