University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 202, New Testament. Gospels (Edward Goodman Gospels). Greg. 2608. Greece or Asia Minor, 13th century.


Four gospels in Greek. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 57.

  1. Pastedown (front) Kephalaia of Matthew (15-32 only).
  2. fol. 1r Table (unidentified content).
  3. fols. 2r-2v Kephalaia of Matthew (33-68).
  4. fols. 3r-3v Theophylactus, of Ochrida, Archbishop of Ochrida, ca. 1050-ca. 1108, Commentary on the Four Gospels (abstract).
  5. fols. 5r-95v Matthew (lacking).
  6. fols. 96r-96v Kephalaia of Mark (48). Inscription.
  7. fols. 97r-154r Mark.
  8. fols. 154r-155v Kephalaia of Luke (82).
  9. fols. 156r-268r Luke.
  10. fols. 268r-268v Kephalaia of John (18). Inscription.
  11. fols. 269r-337r John (begins with 1:14 at, ημιν και εθεασαμεθα την).
  12. fol. 337v Malediction of the three hundred and eighteen inspired fathers.



Headpieces of floral design in red, green, and blue on a gold ground (fols. 5r, 97r, 156r).


Major initials (30-60 mm). Minor initials in red set off from the text.

Physical Description


Parchment. 145 x 105 mm.

Number of Leaves

341 leaves, of which 2 now function pastedowns (partially raised), and two are flyleaves.


1 (unfoliated pastedown) + 337 + 2 (foliated parchment flyleaves) + 1 (unfoliated pastedown). Modern foliation in Arabic numerals in pencil 1-339.


44 quires, each of 8 leaves, with the exception of the quire designated 1 (fols. 5-11), which contains 7 leaves. Estimate of content lost: 2 leaves of the unnumbered initial quire (after fol. 3, portrait of the Evangelist Matthew, and possibly an inscription); 2 leaves of quire 6 (after fol. 43, Matthew 13:32, ending at, κατασκηνο[υν], and beginning on fol. 44r with 13:54 at, πατριδα αυτου); 1 leaf of quire 12 (after fol. 96, portrait of the Evangelist Mark); 1 leaf of quire 20 (after fol. 155, portrait of the Evangelist Luke, and possibly an inscription); 2 leaves of quire 34, wrongly labeled 33 (after fol. 268, portrait of the Evangelist John, a headpiece, an initial, and text 1:1-14).

Primarily quires were numbered on the last leaf (verso, lower inner margin) and specified according to gospel content. These were later renumbered sequentially on the first leaf (recto, upper margin), and are extant from fol. 12r, β-μγ.


Written space 95 x 70 mm (fol. 90r).


1 column, 18 lines. Ruling with hard point. Pricking in the outer margins.


Written in minuscule script in brown ink (some fading).

Punctuation includes high point, comma, and the mark of interrogation.


Leaves used as padding between the pastedowns and boards are fragmented. Evangelist portraits cut out of the manuscript, parchment stubs remain. Several leaves of the primary quire are loose. Paint of Matthew's initial has run owing to water damage. Water and minor dirt stains. Instances of text overwritten in black ink. Some trimming of margins.

Binding Description

Bound in light brown leather over thin boards.



The manuscript is dated to the 13th century, and is judged to have been written in either Greece or Asia Minor.


Medieval to mid-20th century provenance unknown.

Illegible notation (fol. 1v); inscription and signature of Gerasimus Bikousmos, possibly a one-time owner (fol. 2r); prayer and notation (fol. 4r); drawing of a blessing hand (fol. 4v); malediction (fol. 337v); lectionary incipits (fols. 338r, 339v); doxology (fol. 339r); notation (back pastedown).


Acquired by the University of Chicago in June 1948 from Boston banker Seth T. Gano with funds provided by William E. Goodman. The manuscript was named in honor of Mr. Goodman's grandfather Edward Goodwin, a Baptist minister and university trustee (1890-1909).


  1. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), p. 28.
  2. 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. 48.