It contains five illuminated miniatures:
* the festival of Herod and death of John the Baptist (folio 10 verso)
* five thousand fed (folio 11 recto)
* four thousand fed (folio 15 recto)
* the healing of a blind man from Jericho (folio 29 recto)
* the cursing of the fig tree (folio 30 verso).
It was written in the 6th-century. The style of illustrations suggests Syria or Palestine (even Mesopotamia) as the place of its origin. The codex was purchased in 1899 at Sinope+ (hence its name), by a French officer from an old Greek woman. Its text was published by Henri Omont+ in 1901. At least one authority has suggested this manuscript has an association with a church at Çiftlik, which was under archeological excavation in 1998.
* H. Omont+, ''Notice sur un très ancien manuscrit grec de l'évangile de saint Matthieu..., Notices et extraits des manuscrits de la bibliothèque nationale...'', vol. 36 (Paris, 1901), pp. 599–676.
* H. S. Cronin, , JTS+ II (1901), pp. 590-600.
* A. Munoz, ''Il codice purpureo di Rossano e il frammento sinopense'' (Rome 1907)
* C. R. Gregory+, ''Textkritik des Neuen Testaments'' (J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung: Leipzig 1909), vol. 3, pp. 1022–1023.
* Petra Sevrugian, ''Der Rossano-Codex und die Sinope-Fragmente: Miniaturen und Theologie'' (Worms 1990)
*Weitzmann, Kurt+, ed., '''', no. 442, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art+, New York, ISBN 9780870991790
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Sinope Gospels+ The Sinope Gospels, designated by O or 023 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 21 (Soden), also known as the Codex Sinopensis, is a fragment of a 6th-century illuminated Greek Gospel Book.