The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.8.10
Manuscript Title

Origen of Alexandria, Commentary on St Matthew etc

Alternative Title

Origenes Super Matthaeum et De Oratione.

James Number 194
Century 14th15th
Physical Description

Two volumes, I. 26 lines, well written. II. 31 lines to a page. Fairly written.


On the vellum fly-leaf is TRIN: COL: CANTAB: Ex dono Reverendi clarissimique Viri Herberti Thorndike Hujusce Collegij quondam Socij. Anno Domini 1670.and on the recto of the same leaf Hic est ille codex Holmiensis quem toties laudat Dan. Huetius in suis Origenianis. (Added) Donavit Herberto Thorndicio Isaacus Vossius. The manuscript's history as told by Daniel Huet is interesting. It was in the Library at Worms: when that was sacked, one Rumf, physician to Elizabeth of Bohemia, bought it for a small sum from a soldier. Rumf sold it at the Hague to Isaac Voss, who lent it to Queen Christina for some time and then gave it to Herbert Thorndike.

Donor Thorndike, Herbert (c1598-1672), Fellow Of Trinity (1618)
Size (cm) 27.5 x 20.5
Folio 214 + 38 ff.
Material Paper
Language Greek

α8-κζ8 (wants 7, 8 blank) || κη8-λβ8 (wants 7, 8 blank).

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I. f.1 Ωριγένους ἐκ τω̑ν εἰς τὸ κατὰ Ματθαῖον ἐξηγητικω̑ν τόμος Ια̅
Τότε άφεὶς τοὺς ὄχλους ἦλθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν.
Ends f.214b τὴν διδαχὴν άποδεχόμενοι του̑ σωτῆρος . σοφωτάτην καὶ δυναμένην τοὺς δυσπίστως ἔχοντας ἐπιστρέψαι πρὸς αὐτόν.
[τέλος] [του̑ ἁγίου] εὐαγγελίου].
II. f.1 Origenes de oratione (Cent. xv): without title
Τὰ διὰ τὸ εὶ̑ναι μέγιστα καὶ ὑπὲρ ἄνθρωπον τυγχάνειν.
Ends f.33b (p.76),
Παρόντος μετὰ συγγνώμης τούτοις ἐντεύξεσθε.
This is the only MS. extant of the greater part of this important treatise: Professor P. Koetschau in his recent edition in the Berlin collection of Greek Fathers, Origen, I. p. lxxxiii., gives an account of it.


Grant, J. N., 'Erasmus' Modus orandi deum, Origen's De oratione, and Cambridge Trinity College MS 194 (B.8.10)', Humanistica Lovaniensia: Journal of Neo-Latin Studies 48 (1998), 42-59

Crisci, E., 'Un frammento palinsesto del "Commento al Vangelo di s. Matteo"di Origene nel codice criptense Γ. β. VI', Jahrbuch der österreichen Byzantinistik 38 (1988), 95-112


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