University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 46, New Testament. Gospels (Haskell Gospels). Greg. 1290. Greece, 13th century.


Four gospels in Greek. Ammonian section and Eusebian canon numbers and lection notes in the margins. Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 2.

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

  1. fols. 1r-5v Table of lectionary references.
  2. fols. 6r-6v Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260-ca. 340), Letter to Carpianus, on the Gospel Canons.
  3. fols. 7r-8v Canon tables, I-X.
  4. fol. 9r Hypothesis of Matthew.
  5. fols. 9v-11r Kephalaia of Matthew (68). Verse on Matthew.
    Note: Blank (fol. 11v).
  6. fols. 12r-97v Matthew.
  7. fol. 98r Hypothesis of Mark.
  8. fols. 98r-99v Kephalaia of Mark (48). Verse on Mark.
  9. fols. 100r-134v Mark (ends at 11:33 with ταυτα ποιω).
  10. fols. 135r-196v Luke (begins at 9:2 with και ιασθαι).
  11. fols.197r-198v Hypothesis of John.
  12. fol. 198v Kephalaia of John (18).
  13. fols. 199r-267v John (begins at 1:14 with πληρησ).



Headpieces of floral, foliate, and geometric designs in red, blue, green, and gold (fols. 12r, 100r).


The major initial of Matthew is composed of a lion and serpents intertwined to form the letter β (30 mm). The initial of Mark's opening line is of beads and leaves (48 mm). Minor initials set off from the text in red.

Physical Description


Parchment. 265 x 180 mm.

Number of Leaves

273 leaves, of which 6 are flyleaves of parchment contemporary with the manuscript's rebinding of 1897.


3 (unfoliated parchment leaves) + 267 + 3 (unfoliated parchment leaves). Modern foliation in Arabic numerals in pencil 1-267.


40 quires, each of 8 leaves, with the exception of quire 40 which contains 7 leaves. Estimate of content lost: 2 leaves of the lectionary references table (Johannine text, Easter through Pentecost); leaves 1 and 8 of quire 4 (after fols. 35 and 41, portions of Matthew 9:35-10:10, 12:15-29); leaf 1 of quire 15 (after fol. 121, Mark 7:24-36); leaves 1 and 8 of quire 16 (after fols. 128 and 134, Mark 9:48-10:14, and chap. 12); quires 17-23 (Mark 11:33-end; verse, headpiece, initial, Luke 1:1-9:2); leaves 1 and 8 of quire 32 (after fol. 198, verse, headpiece, initial, John 1:1-14, and after fol. 204, 3:14-27).

Quire numbers recorded on the first and last leaf of each quire (lower margin) beginning at fol. 12 (1-40, α-μ).


Written space 182 x 117 mm (fol. 20r).


1 column, 20 lines (variants of 19 to 21 lines). Ruling with hard point. Pricking in the outer margins.


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

Punctuation includes high point, comma, marks of elision and interrogation. Quotation marks in the left margin next to each line of quoted text.

Text Divisions

Titles in red.


Portion of leaf torn (fol. 144). Sections of the outer margins cut away (fols. 51, 208). Some faded letters overwritten. Random stains.

Binding Description

Bound in brown morocco by Stikeman & Company in 1897. Title on spine in gold: Four Gospels in Greek, c. A.D. 1500.

An Epistles Lectionary fragment (fols. 268-273) bound with the manuscript was removed and rebound as Ms. 50.



The manuscript is dated to the 13th century, and is judged to have been written in Greece by illuminator and scribe Theodore Hagiopetrites.


Belonged to Pericles Morades, who is said to have brought the manuscript to the United States from the Greek island of Thera.

University of Chicago Libraries bookplate (front pastedown); scrollwork, marginal notes, and inscriptions (fols. 82r, 96r, 97v, 105r, 223r-223v).


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, "The Haskell Gospels," Journal of Biblical Literature 21 (1902), pp. 100-107.
  2. 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. 49-51.
  3. 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. 561.
  4. Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937), pp. 223-225.
  5. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), p. 3.
  6. 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. 14.
  7. Robert S. Nelson, Theodore Hagiopetrites, a late Byzantine scribe and illuminator. Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik Bd. 4 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse) (Wien: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1991), 217, pp. 74-76, 78-82, 85.