A chapter from the history of Catenae: CPG C111–C112, and their previously unknown ancestor

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The last six leaves of the manuscript Zavorda, Monastery of St Nikanor, 5 contain glosses by various authors (Origen, Theodore of Heraclea, Apollinarius, Cyril of Alexandria, etc.) on the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 1:17-2:9 and 3:5-3:15). These leaves are a detached fragment from a ninth-century codex, the rest of which no longer survives. Comparison with other known exegetical collections shows that they represent a distinct, previously unidentified type of catena commentary. We describe their content and compare it to several related catenae, thus shedding new light on the genesis of various Matthaean commentaries.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-170
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021


  • Byzantine manuscripts, cantena, Gospel of Matthew