DCL MS. B.II.16St Augustine, On St John's Gospel
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

St Augustine's In Johannis Evangelium (a commentary on the Gospel of St John) written in a recognisable hand responsible for works produced at St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m2z10wq20f.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+197+i f
Size: 350 mm x 250 mm


Modern pencil foliation.

Secundo folio: hoc dicetis quia ego



Written in 40 lines in a single column.


Written in late Caroline Minuscule by a recognised English scribe from St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury.


Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound most of the Cosin Manuscripts in the 19th century)

Manuscript history

Written in England, St Augustine's Abbey, end 11th century.


Written at Canterbury but at Durham Cathedral Priory from probably the start of the 12th century

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1
Modern title: Index
Original title: Tabula
Date: [mid 12th century]
Incipit: In principio erat verbum: Tractatus primus. Miserunt Judei
Explicit: Amen amen dico vobis, Nisi granum frumenti
Language: Latin

Virtually identical to (and probably the source of) the tabula added early 13th century to DCL MS B.II.17

(b)     f.2r-199r
Modern title: St Augustine, Commentary on Gospel of St John
Original title: In Johannis Evangelium Tractatus CXXIV
Author: St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430)
Date: [end 11th century]
Incipit: In principio erat verbum, usque ad et tenebre eam non comprehenderunt. Intuentes quomodo audivimus ex lectione apostolica
Explicit: etiam ipse compellerer meum terminare sermonem
Rubric: Incipit Evangelium Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Johannem Juxta Translationem Quam Beatus Augustinus Exponit
Language: Latin
Edited: Willems 1954

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. B.II.16 - Augustine, In Johannis Evangelium


Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae cathedralis dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss.   OCLC citation, Surtees Society 7, (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, [1838]).

Peter Lombard, Bishop of Paris, approximately 1100-1160, Commentarium in Psalmos   OCLC citation, Library of Latin Texts A (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)

Mynors, R., Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century. Ten plates in colour and forty-seven in monochrome. With an introduction [including a list of all known Durham manuscripts before 1200]   OCLC citation, (Durham: 1939)

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