“In culgotham locum”: a strange variant in Mark 15:22 in VL 1 (Codex Bobbiensis)

When one mets Codex Bobbiensis (VL 1), one cannot stop to look at it and think about it. Whereas I am working about it for my next book, Elisa Nury, researcher at UNIGE, is transcribing some of its folios and highlighted an interesting feature (data on Nakala : https://doi.org/10.34847/nkl.f1fff79f). Images of the manuscript: https://bobbiensis.sib.swiss

In Mark 15:22, one finds a strange variant for «Golgotha», «Culgotha». Nury suggests in footnote this explanation based on Gilles Quispell:

“The spelling culgotham, which I have found nowhere else attested, may be a vocalisation of the Hebrew word and seems to indicate that in North Africa, the oral translation of the Gospel during church services was made by a Jew, and led to the Afra tradition that is found in codex VL 1 and VL 2 (Quispell 2008: 427). The same influence of a Jewish lector may explain the expression cene pure in f.39v, line 2 (Quispell 2008: 426-427)”.

Gilles Quispell, “African Christianity Before Tertullian and Minucius Felix”, in J. van Oort (ed.) Gnostica, Judaica, Catholica. Collected Essays of Gilles Quispell, 2008, Leiden: Brill, p. 387-459.

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Claire Clivaz (2024, 12 mars). “In culgotham locum”: a strange variant in Mark 15:22 in VL 1 (Codex Bobbiensis). New Testament and Digital Humanities. Consulté le 29 mai 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/w09r

Claire Clivaz

Claire Clivaz is a research associate at the Institute of Religions, Spiritualities, Cultures and Societies (UCLouvain, BE). She is involved in researching the DH and the manuscripts of the New Testament, including the following: the Codex Bezae (VL 1), Judeo-Christians and New Testament manuscripts, women in Ancient Christianity, Open science and Open Research Data.

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