Minuscule 864 (Gregory-Aland)

Minuscule 864

New Testament manuscript

Text Gospels
Date 14th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 16.6 cm by 11.1 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 864 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a 14th-century Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on paper. The manuscript has almost complete marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 550 paper leaves (size 16.6 cm by 11.1 cm), with a catena. The text is written in one column per page, 14 lines per page.[1][2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin of the text, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 235, 16:9), without references to the Eusebian Canons.[3][3]

It contains tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin (for church reading), subscriptions at the end of each of the Gospels, and stichoi. Synaxarion and Menologion were added in the 15th century.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kx.[4] Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex placed in Category V.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. It creates also a textual pair with minuscule 1609. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[4]


C. R. Gregory dated the manuscript to the 14th century. Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 14th century.[2][1]

The manuscript once belonged to the Cardinal Antonio Carafa.[3]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Gregory (864e). Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Vatican Library (Gr. 1253), in Rome.[1][2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 98. ISBN 3-11-011986-2.
  2. 1 2 3 "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 228.
  4. 1 2 Wisse, Frederik (1982). The Profile Method for the Classification and Evaluation of Manuscript Evidence, as Applied to the Continuous Greek Text of the Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 67. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4.
  5. Aland, Kurt; Aland, Barbara (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.

Further reading

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