Gospel Texts is created for persons who wish to understand the four Gospels. This is a non-proselyting Web Site. The format of this site may be changed periodically.
The following color photographic reproductions (color varies from the original) are from the Codex Vaticanus 1209, B/03. This is a Greek uncial manuscript. It was written in Greek script like our capital letters. The photos are the headings and endings (colophons) of the four Gospels. The faded letters have been retraced and there were corrections to the text. Codex Vaticanus was written in three columns with 40-44 lines per page for the Gospels.
Codex Vaticanus contains the text of the four Gospels. Another codex with text close to the Vaticanus is that of Codex Sinaiticus in the British Museum which also contains the four Gospels.
Codex Vaticanus (1209, B/03)
Location of original: Vatican Library, Rome
Date: ca 350 C. E.
No. P 52 (Rylands Greek Papyrus 457)
Location of original: John Rylands Library, Manchester, England
Date: ca 125 C. E.
Text: John 18:31-33
No. P 66 (Papyrus Bodmer II)
Location of original: Bodmer Library, Cologny (Geneva), Switerland
Date: ca 200 C. E.
Text: John 1:1-14
Recommended published Greek texts of the Gospels:
The Greek New Testament, ed. Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Johannes
M. Martini, and Bruce M. Metzger. Stuttgart, Ger.: German Bible Society, 4th rev. ed., 1994.
Novum Testamentum Graece, ed. Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopulos, Carlo M. Martini, and Bruce M. Metzger. Stuttgart, Ger.: German Bible Society, 27th ed., 1999.
Recommended English translations of the Gospels:
New Jerusalem Bible (1985)
New Revised Standard Version (1989)
Revised English Bible (1989).
The Codex Sinaiticus Website (see the manuscript)