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Digital Palimpsests: Mark in Trinity College Cambridge MS. O.9.27

Dan Batovici
Published Online: 2019-07-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0008


The O.9.27 manuscript of Trinity College Cambridge is a minuscule manuscript of Hesiod’s Opera et Dies. In a 2001 PhD thesis on Greek palimpsests in Cambridge by Natalie Tchernetska, this manuscript is described to contain two distinct lower scripts, one of which identified as a New Testament text. The author read four lines and a partial fifth of the one-leaf palimpsest that contain Mark 1:44, which is remarkable considering that the washing made the lower script virtually the same colour as the page. This note re-examines the Markan lower script in O.9.27 and offers an account of the use of image processing software for the purpose to uncover more text in a difficult palimpsest, a method useful when MSI is not available.

Keywords: Palimpsest; Gospel of Mark; lectionary


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About the article

Received: 2019-04-14

Accepted: 2019-05-20

Published Online: 2019-07-04

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 107–115, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0008.

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