University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 862, John Chrysostom, Saint, died 407, Homily 53 on Matthew. 11th century.


Leaf of John Chrysostom's Homily 53 on Matthew (from 15:32 to 16:12) in Greek.

John Chrysostom, Saint, died 407, Homiliae in Matthaeum, ed., Frederick Field, vols. 1, 3 (Cambridge, 1839). The text of the present leaf, collated with Field, reads with manuscripts G (Cambridge, Trinity College, cant. B.9.12); H (Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine Ms. 687); K (Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine Ms. 695); L (Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine Ms. 685); and, M (Cambridge, Emmanuel College, cantab. I.1.14 and 15).

  1. fol. [1r] τασ κατη γοριασ τασ...νη οντα και γελωντα (col. 1, ll. 1-35 correspond to Field 544:3-17). και παιζοντα και...ρετη αλλα το συνειδοσ (col. 2, ll. 1-35 correspond to Field 544:17-30).
  2. fol. [1v] πολλησ πληροι τησ...και εγκαλυπτομενον (col. 1, ll. 1-35 correspond to Field 544:30-43). επι τουτοισ δε πετομε[νον]...εκεινων φερει εισ μεσον (col. 2, ll. 1-35 correspond to Field 544:30-545:6). Old and New Testament passages incorporated correspond to Field 544:46-49 and 545:2-5: 2 Kings 20:3 (col. 2, ll. 8-11); 2 Timothy 4:7 (col. 2, ll. 14-17); Galatians 4:14, 15 (col. 2, ll. 26-31); and Romans 16: 4 (col. 2, ll. 32-34).

Physical Description


Parchment. 403 x 250 mm.

Number of Leaves

1 leaf.


Written space 290 x 165 mm (fol. [1r]). Each column is 290 x 70 mm with a space of 25 mm between.


2 columns, 35 lines. Ruling with hard point.


Written in cursive script in dark brown ink.


Used in the binding of another manuscript, the leaf was folded and the inner margin trimmed. A number of words (recto and verso) are illegible. The leaf has darkened, and its edges are dry and split in several places. Some insect damage is visible.



The manuscript to which the present leaf belonged is judged to have been written in the 11th century. A place of origin is unknown.


Medieval to early 20th century provenance unknown. Belonged to bibliophile Harry Kurdian (1902-1976), of Wichita, Kansas who purchased the leaf from an antiques dealer in Tehran, Iran, date unknown. Belonged also to Allen Wikgren (1906-1998), Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.


Gift of Allen Wikgren to the University of Chicago, March 1972.


  1. John Chrysostom, Saint, died 407, Homiliae in Matthaeum, ed., Frederick Field (Cambridge, in Officina academica; [etc., etc.]; 1839), vol. 1, 544-545 (pp. 103-104); vol. 3, xx-xxi, 544-545 (p. 117).
  2. Allen Wikgren, "A Chrysostom leaf in the Kurdian Collection," Byzantion 17 (1944-1945), p. 329.