Manuscripts of the Old Latin Bible

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The register of Old Latin manuscripts is kept and published by the Vetus Latina Institute. Manuscripts are identified by the letters VL followed by a numerical siglum. The most recent edition of the Vetus Latina Register is:

  • Roger Gryson, Altlateinische Handschriften/Manuscrits Vieux Latins 1-275. Vetus Latina 1/2A. Freiburg: Herder, 1999
  • Roger Gryson, Altlateinische Handschriften/Manuscrits Vieux Latins 300-485. Vetus Latina 1/2B. Freiburg: Herder, 2004
The numbering scheme is as follows:
New Testament
 VL 1-49Gospels
 VL 50-74Acts, Catholic Epistles, Apocalypse
 VL 75-89Pauline Epistles
 VL 91-96Glosses in Spanish Bibles
Old Testament
 VL 100-111Octateuch
 VL 115-118, 123-126  Historical Books
 VL 130-162Hagiography
 VL 165-172Sapiential books
 VL 173-194AProphetic books
 VL 195-2181-2 Maccabees
 VL 250-275Biblical canticles
 VL 300-485Psalters
Note that only certain portions of these Bibles may have an Old Latin text; other books may display a Vulgate text-type, or a mixed text combining earlier readings within a later text.
Old Latin manuscripts are also sometimes known by an older system of lower-case letters: these are included in brackets.