Minuscule 495

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Minuscule 495 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 243 (in the Soden numbering), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it had been assigned to the 12th century.[1] Scrivener labeled it by number 581.[2]



The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 181 parchment leaves (size ) with small lacunae at the beginning. Written in one column per page, 28-29 lines per page. It contains Epistula ad Carpianum, tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, lectionary markings, Ammonian Sections, Eusebian Canons, Synaxarion, nd Menologion. It has marginal notes.[3] It has not Eusebian tables but space for it.[2]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden did not include it to the the subfamilies of the Byzantine text, he classified it is a member of the I' group with 28 other manuscripts. Wisse classified it as Kmix.[4] Aland did not place it in any Category.[5]


In 1846 the manuscript was bought together with the codex 496 from captain C. K. MacDonald, who visited Sinai (and saw Codex Sinaiticus).[3] The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. It was examined by Scrivener and Bloomfield.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 16183) 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. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 258.
  • 3. Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 195.
  • 4. F. Wisse, The Profile Method for Classifying and Evaluating Manuscripts Evidence (Wm. Eerdmans 1982), pp. 50, 61.
  • 5. 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.

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