Textus Receptus Bibles
Wessex Gospels c.1175
|14:1||On þare tide ge-herde herodes se feorþan dæles rice þas hælendes hlysan.|
|14:2||& þa sægde he his cnihten. þes is iohannes se fulluhtere þe ic be-heafdede he aras of deaðe. & for þam synde þas wundre gefremede on him.|
|14:3||Soðlice herodes nam Iohannem & ge-band hine. & sette on cwarterne. for þam wife herodiade philippus his broðor.|
|14:4||Iohannes him sægde. nis þe alyfed hy to wife to hæbbenne|
|14:5||& þa þe he hine of-slean wolde he adrede him þæt folc for þam þe hyo hafdon hine for ænne witege.|
|14:6||Ða on Herodes gebyrd-dayge. tumbede þær herodiadisse dohtor be-forem (sic) hym & hit likede herode.|
|14:7||Ða be-het he mid aþe hire to gyfene swa hwæt swa hyo hine bæde.|
|14:8||Ða cwæð hyo. fram hire moder ge-meneged. Syle me on anen disce Iohannes heafed þas fulluhteres.|
|14:9||Ða wæs se kyng unbliðe. for þam aþe. & for þam þe him sæten mide.|
|14:10||& he asende þa & be-hæfdede iohanne on þam cwærterne.|
|14:11||& man brohte þa his heafod on anen disce. & sealde þam maidene. & þæt maiden hire moder.|
|14:12||Ænd þa ge-neahlahten his leorning-cnihtes & namen his lichame. & be-berigedon hine. & coman & kyddan hit þam hælende.|
|14:13||Þa se hælend þæt ge-hyrde þa ferde he þanen on-syndron on anum scype. & þa þa gangendon manigeo þt ge-hyrdon hyo felgdon hym of þam burgen.|
|14:14||& þa he þanen ferde. he ge-seah mycele menigeo. & he heom ge-miltsede & ge-hælde þa untruman.|
|14:15||Soðlice þa hyt wæs æfen ge-worðen. him to neahlahton hys leorning-cnihtes & him to cwæðen. Ðeos stowe is weste & time ys forð agan. for-læt þas mænigeo þæt hyo faren in-to þas burgen. & heom mëte byggen.|
|14:16||Ða cweð se hælend to heom. næbbeð hyo neode to farene sylle ge heom etan.|
|14:17||Ða andswereden hyo we næbbeð her buton fif hlafes. & twegen fixsas.|
|14:18||Ða cwæð se hælend. bringeð me hider.|
|14:19||Ænd þa he het þa mænigeo ofer þt gærs sitton. & he nam þa fif hlafes & twegen fixas. & be-seah on þonne heofene & bletsode. Bræc þa þa hlafes & sealde hys leorning-cnihten. & hyo þam folce.|
|14:20||& hyo æten ealle. & wæren ge-fylde. & hyo namen þa lafe twelf wylien fulle. þare britsene.|
|14:21||Soðlice þare etendra ge-tel wæs fif þusenda weran. buton wifan & childon.|
|14:22||Ænd þa sona het se hælend his leorning-cnihtas on scyp astigan. & to-foram (sic) hym faren ofer þanne muþun. oð ðæt he þa mænigeo for-lete.|
|14:23||Ænd þa he hyo for-læten hafde. he eode on þanne munt. & hine þær ane ge-bæd. Soðlice þa hyt æfen wæs he wæs ana þær.|
|14:24||Witodlice wæs þæt scyp of yþum to-torfod. for-þan þe hit wæs strang wind.|
|14:25||Þa com se hælend embe þane feorþan ancred (sic) to heom ofer þa sæ gangende.|
|14:26||Þa hyo ge-seagen þæt hyo wurðon þa gedrefde. & for þam eige cleopoden & cwæðen þus. Soðlice hit is scinlac.|
|14:27||Ða spræc se hælend. & cweð. hæbbeð ge-leafan. ich hit eom nellen ge eow on-dræden.|
|14:28||Ða andswerede hym petrus. & cwæð. Drihten gyf þu hit ert. hat me cuman to þe ofer þas watere.|
|14:29||Þa cwæð he. cum to me. Ða eode petrus of þam scype ofer þæt wæter. þæt he to þam hælende come.|
|14:30||Þa he ge-seah þanne strange wind he him on-drædde. Ða he warð gedofon he cweð. drihton ge-do me halgan.|
|14:31||And þa rædlice he ge-feng hyne & þus cwæð. litles ge-leafenes hwi tweonodost þu.|
|14:32||& þa hy wæren on scype ge-swac se wind.|
|14:33||Soðlice þa þe on þam scype wæron comen & to him ge-bædon & þus cwæðen. Soðlice þu ert godes sune.|
|14:34||& þa hyo ofer-seigledon hyo comen on þæt land genesareth.|
|14:35||& þa þæt folc hine ge-cneow hyo sentten geond eall þæt land. & brohton to him ealle untrume.|
|14:36||& hine bædon. þæt hyo hwure-þinge hys reafes fned æt-rinen. & swa hlylce (sic) hys æt-rinen. wurðen hale.|
Wessex Gospels c.1175
The Wessex Gospels (also known as the West-Saxon Gospels) are a full translation of the four gospels of the Christian Bible into a West Saxon dialect of Old English. Designated Royal MS 1 A XIV, it is historically important.
- The Wessex Gospels are the oldest translations into English from Greek and not Latin.
- The gospels are written in the Old English West Anglo-Saxon dialect of Northumbria.
- Royal MS 1 A XIV is written on parchment and is also known as the Codex Evangeliorum Anglice.
- The title written at the top of the page, ‘Text[us] iv evangelior[um] anglice’, is reproduced in the 14th-century catalogue of the Benedictine Christ Church library, but at the Reformation this book was one of many acquired from religious houses by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1532 to 1534, whose name is written at the top of the page.
- Seven extant copies exist today. The earliest version dates from 990AD.
- Royal MS 1 A XIV was copied directly from MS 441 in the Bodleian library at Oxford. We know this as the same passages have been omitted from both. It has a transmission jump of 185 years.
- MS 441 (990AD) is extant and still resides in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, England. It was given to the library by Baron Hatton in 1671. Paleographical evidence suggests a Canterbury origin. The earliest extant evidence of ownership is through Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-75).
- MS Corp. Ch Coll Camb 140 (1000AD) is in Corpus Christi College Cambridge.
- Royal MS 1 A XIV (1175AD) is in the British Library and was presented to the British Museum by King George II in 1757 from the Old Royal Library.
- Royal MS 1 A XIV once belonged to the Prince of Wales: Henry Frederick, (1594-1612), eldest child of King James the First.
Why is this important?
- Desiderius Erasmus had access to these MSS before starting his translation of the Textus Receptus. In the five years prior to starting his translation work Erasmus was Professor of Divinity at Cambridge at a time when the university's benefactors owned these manuscripts.
- The King James Bible translators had access to these manuscripts. All the six KJV translation companies where housed at Oxford, Cambridge and Westminster and all had access to the Wessex Gospels.
- The codex contains the long ending in Mark chapter 16.
- The codex contains the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11)