Minuscule 501

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Minuscule 501 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 324 (in the Soden numbering), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it had been assigned to the 13th century.[1] Scrivener labeled it by number 588.[2]



The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 157 parchment leaves (24.2 x 19.2) with some lacunae (Luke 9:14-17:3; 21:15-24:53; John 1:1-18). Some texts were supplemented by a later hand (Matthew 1:1-20; Mark 1:1-16; Luke 1:1-20; John 1:38-4:5). Written in one column per page, 23 lines per page.[2] It contains tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, some τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections (Mark 233 - 16:19), (not Eusebian Canons), and lectionary markings.[3][2]

It lacks the Pericope Adultera (John 7:53-8:11) and phrase εγω ουπω αναβαινω εις την εορτην ταυτην in John 7:8.[3] The Pericope Adultera was added by a later hand.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[4] It belongs to the textual family Kx.[5]


The manuscript came from Patmos. In 1834 Borrell presented it to his friend, English chaplain in Smyrna, F. V. J. Arundell. Bloomfield bought it in an auction in 1850.[3]

Arundell compares it with Codex Ebnerianus, which it very slightly resembles, being larger and far less elegant.[6] The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. It was examined by Bloomfield, Scrivener, and Gregory.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 18211) 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. 259.
  • 3. Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 196.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. F. Wisse, The Profile Method for Classifying and Evaluating Manuscripts Evidence (Wm. Eerdmans 1982), p. 61.
  • 6. F. V. J. Arundell, Discoveries in Asia Minor (London 1834), vol. II, p. 268.

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