Minuscule 156

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Minuscule 156 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 206 (Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Paleographically it had been assigned to the 12th century.[1]



The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 244 parchment leaves (size 12 cm by 10 cm).[1] Written in one column per page, in 23 lines per page (size of text 8.2 by 6.7 cm).[1] Titles in gold.[2]

It contains tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections (Mark 241 - 16:20), (not Eusebian Canons), synaxaria, stichoi, but not the Eusebian Canons.[2]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[3] It belongs to the textual family Family Kx.[4]


On the first of its page it is written: "Ex bibliotheca [Melchioris] Goldasti" († 1625).[2][5]

The manuscript was given by Christina of Sweden — like codices 154, 155, 181.

It was examined by Birch, Scholz, and Oskar von Gebhardt.[2]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Reg. gr. 189), at Rome.[1]

See also


  • 1. K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 56.
  • 2. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 159.
  • 3. Aland, Kurt; Barbara Aland; Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.) (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  • 4. F. Wisse, The profile method for the classification and evaluation of manuscript evidence, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1982, p. 56.
  • 5. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 214.

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