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What is CBM about?

Work on the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts project has revealed the necessity to unfold ‘forgotten’ codex forms in which the Bible was handed down to us since early Byzantine times (4th c.), and even earlier. Our focus is directed towards smaller, liturgical NT + OT codex units: the Tetraevangelion and Evangelion units, and the Prophetologion or Psalterion units, for example.

The well-known complete Greek New Testament is understood quite differently when considered from the point of view of these smaller codex units. Remarkably, not only have these original NT codex forms remained unexplored by scholarship, but so have the varied manners of interpretation of the NT scriptures, expressed in other codices as the homiletic, panegyric, hagiographic, ascetic, liturgical and hymnodic codices. Nowadays biblical, liturgical and patristic scholars, each in their own field, are more interested in this Byzantine cultural and ecclesiastical heritage, and a fundamental rediscovery of the manuscripts in their original, liturgical form is underway.

We have found that, when re-presenting the codices in which the biblical texts were handed down to us in our catalogues, it becomes clear that the Bible as we know it was, in fact, delivered in a variety of ancient archetypical codex forms (codex types). These are lost in today’s well-known printed editions of the New and Old Testaments. These codex types we call the ‘forgotten version’ of the Bible.

Folder CBM English (pdf)

Folder CBM Greek (pdf)