Minuscule 173

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Minuscule 173 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 209 (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 the text of the four Gospels on 155 thick parchment leaves (size 20 cm by 13.3 cm),[1] with a large lacunae in the fourth Gospel (John 12:1-21:25).[2] It contains nimerous itacistic errors.[2]

Written in two columns per page, in 20 lines per page,[1] in brown-black ink.[2]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian tables, tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections, (not Eusebian Canons), lectionary markings, Menologion, subscriptions, ρηματα, στιχοι.[3][2]


The Greek text of the codex is representative of the Byzantine text-type. According to Hermann von Soden it belongs to the textual family Kx. Aland did not place it in any Category.[4] According to Wisse its text is mixed in Luke.[5]


This codex, together with 174, 175, 176, and 177, was brought from the Library of the Basilian monks.

It was examined by Bianchini, Birch and Scholz.2]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Vat. gr. 1983), 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. 57.
  • 2. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 162.
  • 3. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 216.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. F. Wisse, The profile method for the classification and evaluation of manuscript evidence, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1982, p. 56.

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