Minuscule 494

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Minuscule 494 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 437 (in the Soden numbering), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it had been assigned to the 14th century.[1]



The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 222 parchment leaves (size ) with some lacunae (Mark 6:56-7:17; 10:8-25; Luke 8:37-51; 11:17-32; 20:20-21:2; 24:26-53; John 1:1-22). Written in one column per page, 23 lines per page. It contains prolegomena, tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections, Eusebian Canons, lectionary markings, incipits, Synaxarion, and subscriptions. It has marginal notes.[2]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[3] Hermann von Soden included it to the textual family Kx.[4]


The manuscript was bought for the British Museum from J. Greville Chester. It was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Gregory.[2]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 32341) in London.[1]

See also


  • 1. Aland, K.; M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 76. ISBN 3110119862.
  • 2. Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 195.
  • 3. 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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  • 4. F. Wisse, The Profile Method for Classifying and Evaluating Manuscripts Evidence (Wm. Eerdmans 1982), p. 61.

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