University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 50, Lectionary (Haskell Lectionary). Greg. l 1555. Greece, 13th century.


Epistles Lectionary leaves in Greek. Contains 33 lections for Lent, Holy Week, and various feasts. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 3.

The manuscript is commonly known as the Haskell Lectionary because it was initially housed in the Haskell Oriental Museum of the University of Chicago.

  1. fol. 268r Sunday, Week 1 of Lent, Hebrews 11:31 (lacking, begins with [πι]στει). Saturday, Week 2 of Lent, Hebrews 3:12-16. Sunday, Week 2 of Lent, Hebrews 1:10-2:1. Saturday, Week 3 of Lent, Hebrews 10:32-38. Sunday, Week 3 of Lent, Hebrews 4:14-5:6.
  2. fol. 268v Saturday, Week 4 of Lent, Hebrews 6:9-12. Sunday, Week 4 of Lent, Hebrews 6:13-20. Saturday, Week 5 of Lent, Hebrews 9:24-28.
  3. fol. 269r Sunday, Week 5 of Lent, Hebrews 9:11-14. Saturday, Week 6 of Lent, Hebrews 12:28-13:8. Sunday, Week 6 of Lent, Philippians 4:4-9.
  4. fol. 269v Thursday, Holy Week, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30. Friday (Third Hour), Holy Week, Romans 5:6-11. Sunday, Week 8 after Pentecost, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18.
  5. fol. 270r Sunday, Week 12 after Pentecost, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Sunday, Week 22 after Pentecost, Galatians 6:11-13, 14-18. Friday (Vespers), Holy Week, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2.
  6. fol. 270v Saturday, Holy Week, Romans 6:3-11. Reading, 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
  7. fol. 271r Presentation of Jesus in the temple, Hebrews 7:7-17. Nativity of Jesus, Galatians 4:4-7. Eve of Theophany, 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:4.
  8. fol. 271v Theophany of Jesus, Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7. Saturday, Week 4 before Lent, 2 Timothy 2:11-19. Sunday, Week 4 before Lent, 2 Timothy 3:10-15.
  9. fol. 272r Saturday, Week 3 before Lent, 2 Timothy 3.1-9. Sunday, Week 3 before Lent, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Saturday, Week 2 before Lent, 1 Corinthians 10:23-28.
  10. fol. 272v Sunday, Week 2 before Lent, 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2. Saturday, Week 1 before Lent, Romans 14:19-23, 16:25-27. Sunday, Week 1 before Lent, Romans 13:11-14:4.
  11. fol. 273r Holy Theotokos, Hebrews 9:1-7. Sunday, Week 1 after Pentecost, Hebrews 11:33-12:2.



Major initials (20-40 mm) set off from the text in red (faded).

Physical Description


Parchment. 262 x 165 mm.

Number of Leaves

8 leaves, of which 2 are flyleaves of parchment contemporary with the manuscript's rebinding of 1897.


1 (unfoliated parchment flyleaf) + 6 + 1 (unfoliated paper flyleaf). Modern foliation in Arabic numerals in pencil 268-273. The leaves were bound at the end of Ms. 46, and the foliation completed before the gospel manuscript and lectionary leaves were separated.


Written space 180-190 x 110-120 mm.


1 column, 39-43 lines. Frame ruling with hard point.


Written in minuscule script in dark brown ink (some flaking).

Punctuation includes high point, comma, marks of elision and interrogation.

Text Divisions

Titles in red (faded). Contains date, or holy day, and epistle source.


Torn leaf (fol. 268). Moderately cockled. Water and dirt stains. Insect damage.

Binding Description

Bound in brown morocco by Stikeman & Company. Shelf number in gold on front cover.



The manuscript to which the present leaves belonged is judged to have been written in the 13th century in Greece.


Medieval to late 19th century provenance unknown. Belonged to Pericles Morades, who is said to have brought the lectionary leaves (bound with Ms. 46) to the United States from the Greek island of Thera.

Marginal notes in Syriac in pencil. University of Chicago Libraries bookplate (front pastedown). Notation (fols. 269v, 273v).


Acquired by Caspar René Gregory and Ernest DeWitt Burton for the University of Chicago from Constantine Mitchell, executor of the Pericles Morades estate, September 12, 1895.


  1. Edgar J. Goodspeed and Martin Sprengling, A descriptive catalogue of manuscripts in the libraries of the University of Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1912), pp. 55-56.
  2. Seymour de Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935), vol. 1, p. 562.
  3. Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937), pp. 225-226.
  4. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), p. 3.
  5. New Testament manuscript traditions. An exhibition based on the Edgar J. Goodspeed Collection of the University of Chicago Library, the Joseph Regenstein Library, January-March, 1973. University of Chicago. Library. Dept. of Special Collections. Exhibition catalogs ([Chicago: s.n., 1973]), 36, no. 72.