Minuscule 502

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Minuscule 502 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 245 (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 589.[2]



The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 235 parchment leaves (size ) with one lacunae (Matthew 1:1-8:5). Written in one column per page, 22 lines per page.[1] It contains Prolegomena, tables of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, τιτλοι, Ammonian Sections, Eusebian Canons, lectionary markings, incipits, Synaxarion, Menologion, and subscriptions.[3][2]


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


The manuscript was written by one Leo. Formerly it belonged to the monastery of St. Maximus. In 1853 it was bought together with Minuscule 503 from Constantine Simonides.[3][2]

It was examined by Bloomfield, Scrivener, and Gregory.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 19387) 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. 77. 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. F. Wisse, The Profile Method for Classifying and Evaluating Manuscripts Evidence (Wm. Eerdmans 1982), p. 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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