Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis—also known by the designated siglum D and 05—is one of the five most important early uncial manuscripts that contain part of the Greek New Testament. Dating from the fifth century, this bilingual (Greek and Latin) manuscript includes the complete Gospel of Luke, along with portions of Matthew, John, Mark, Acts, and a small fragment from 3 John. It was rediscovered in the sixteenth century and came into the hands of Theodore Beza, one of Calvin’s successors, who gifted it to the University of Cambridge in 1581.
Among the major manuscript witnesses of the New Testament, Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis is perhaps the most enigmatic. The Gospels are organized in the “Western” order, with Matthew and John coming first, followed by Luke and Mark. Perhaps the most intriguing features of Bezae are the significant additions and omissions, seen most prominently in the book of Acts.
Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis is referenced in numerous grammars, lexicons, critical apparatuses, commentaries, journal articles, and monographs. The Logos edition of these transcriptions will be of great benefit to students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople interested in New Testament textual criticism.