Minuscule 212

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Minuscule 212 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 128 (Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Paleographically it had been assigned to the 11th century.[1]



The codex contains almost complete text of the four Gospels, with some lacunae, on 273 parchment leaves (size 17.5 cm by 13 cm).[1] Written in one column per page, 23 lines per page.[2] The manuscript is beautifully written. The first page in gold, with pictures, and most elaborate illuminations.[3] It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canons, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections (Mark 241), and beautiful pictures.[2] The Eusebian Canons were added by a later hand. The leaves 39-52, 190-201, 266-273 were supplemented in the 15th century.[2]


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


The manuscript was examined by Birch and Burgon.[2]

It is currently housed at the Biblioteca Marciana (Gr. Z 540), at Venice.[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. 60.
  • 2. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 168.
  • 3. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London. p. 220.
  • 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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