Minuscule 240

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Minuscule 240 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), Zε21 (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 411 parchment leaves (size 33.5 cm by 22 cm), with some lacunae (Mark 8:12-34; 14:17-54; Luke 15:32-16:8).[1] Written in one column per page, 33-39 lines per page.[1] It contains tables of κεφαλαια. The biblical text is surrounded by a commentary of Euthymius Zigabenus.[2] Biblical text written in red, text of commentary in black ink.[3]


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


Formerly the manuscript was held in the monastery Philotheus at Athos peninsula, then in the Dionysius monastery. It was brought from the Athos to Moscow, by the monk Arsenius, on the suggestion of the Patriarch Nikon, in the reign of Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov (1645-1676).[2] The manuscript was collated by C. F. Matthaei.

The manuscript is currently housed at the State Historical Museum (V. 87, S. 48) at Moscow.[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. 61.
  • 2. F. H. A. Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (London 1894), Vol. 1, p. 223.
  • 3. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 171.
  • 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.

Further reading

  • C. F. Matthaei, Novum Testamentu Graece et Latine (Riga, 1782). (as i)
  • Kurt Treu, Die Griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments in der UdSSR; eine systematische Auswertung des Texthandschriften in Leningrad, Moskau, Kiev, Odessa, Tbilisi und Erevan, T & U 90 (Berlin, 1966), pp. 270-272.

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