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Washington Manuscript II - The Psalms (Codex Washingtonensis)
early 5th century




Ink on parchment
H: 35.5 W: 28.0 cm
Egypt

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1906.273

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Charles Lang Freer purchased this codex in 1906, along with the manuscript of Deuteronomy and Joshua (F1906.272). The Psalms manuscript is almost wholly lacking in punctuation, but the nomina sacra (sacred names) are regularly abbreviated, as was customary in Jewish and Early Christian manuscripts. At some point the last part, Psalm 142:8 to Psalm 151, was lost and subsequently, perhaps in the eighth century, replaced with part of another manuscript.