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If you exclude the Apocrypha*, Protestant and Catholic versions followed much the same order, but the Old Testament differed at a number of points from the Hebrew Bible* with its division into Torah*, Prophets* and Writings*. In the Hebrew Bible, for example, Ruth and Lamentations, along with Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and Esther, form part of a single unit (the Five Scrolls), Daniel appears among the Prophets, and some of the Writings come between the Former and the Latter Prophets. The order of books at the beginning of the Old Testament (Genesis to Kings) appears to have been determined partly by chronology and partly by size, the larger books coming at the beginning, which may also explain why some particularly long books like Samuel, Kings and Chronicles were divided in two.
A second visit, in 1853, was equally unproductive, the monks still refusing to let him see any more, but a glimpse of a fragment containing 11 verses of Genesis was sufficient to suggest to him that originally the mss. had contained all the OT and he did not need three guesses to work out what might have happened to the rest. On a third visit, in 1859, still nothing of consequence emerged until the last afternoon, 4 February, when he gained access to the rest: 199 pages of the OT and all the NT.
Found (almost by accident) by Tischendorf* when he visited Rome in 1843 but he was not allowed much time to work on it. When he returned he was able to demonstrate that the 1857 edition was not satisfactory and he published the best edition up to that time in 1867. Codex Vaticanus. 5 x 10 inches, two columns to a page in the poetic texts and three in the others. Originally complete but severely mutilated (759 out of 820 leaves), having lost Gen. Colet, John (1467-1519). Dean of St Paul's (1505) and founder of St Paul's School, 1510.