Minuscule 159

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Minuscule 159 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 113 (Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Dated to 1121 (?).[1]



The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 203 leaves (size 26.3 cm by 20.6 cm).[1] Written in two columns per page, in 25 lines per page.[1] The leaves 1-184 are from parchment, the leaves 185-203 are paper.[2]

It contains the κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections (Mark 240), Eusebian Canons, Lectionary markings, and subscriptions. The Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian tables, tables of κεφαλαια to the Matthew, synaxaria, and Menologion were added in the 16th century.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[4]


The manuscript is housed at the Barberini Palace, founded by the Cardinal, Francis II.[3]

It was examined by Birch and Scholz.[2]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Barb. gr. 482), 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. 160.
  • 3. F. H. A. Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, George Bell & Sons (London 1894), Vol. 1, p. 214-215.
  • 4. Kurt Aland, and Barbara Aland, "The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism", transl. Erroll F. Rhodes, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995, p. 138.

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