Minuscule 241

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Minuscule 241 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 507 (Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it had been assigned to the 11th century.[1] Formerly it was labelled by 241e, 104a, 120p, and 47r.[2]



The codex contains entire the text of the New Testament, on 353 parchment leaves (size 22.5 cm by 17 cm).[1] Written in one column per page, 31 lines per page.[1] The order of books: Gospels, Acts, Pauline epistles, Catholic epistles, Book of Revelation.[3] It contains Prolegomena, tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Synaxarion, and Menologion.[3] It is beautifully written.[2]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type.[4] The text contains a rare readings.[2]

In 1 John 5:6 it has textual variant δι υδατος και πνευματος together with the manuscripts 43 463 945 1241 1831 1877 1891.[5][a]


The manuscript was bought by Alexius for 52 aspri in 1453 in Constantinople. Pachonius, a monk sent it in 1616, together with other books to the monastery Dochiarii at Mount Athos.[3] It was brought to Moscow, by the monk Arsenius, on the suggestion of the Patriarch Nikon, in the reign of Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov (1645-1676). The manuscript was collated by C. F. Matthaei.[6] In 1788 it was bought for the library in Dresden.[3] It was examined by Matthaei, Tregelles, Gebhart, Gregory, and Hoskier (only for Apocalypse).[3]

The manuscript came to Dresden at the end of the 18th century and was housed at the Sächsische Landesbibliothek (A 172).[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, pp. 223-224.
  • 3. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 171.
  • 4. David Alan Black, New Testament Textual Criticism, Baker Books, 2006, p. 64.
  • 5. UBS3, p. 823.
  • 6. F. H. A. Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (London 1894), Vol. 1, p. 223.

Further reading

  • C. F. Matthei, Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine (Riga, 1782-1788). (as k)
  • Herman C. Hoskier, Concernig the Text of the Apocalypse (London, 1929), vol. 1, pp. 133-137.

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