Minuscule 579

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Minuscule 579 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 376 (von Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Paleographically it had been assigned to the 13th century.[1] Formerly it was labelled as 80e (Scrivener).



The codex contains complete text of the four Gospels with some lacunae (Mark 3:28-4:8; John 20:15-21:25) on 152 leaves (size 23.3 cm by 16.2 cm). Written in one column per page, 28-39 lines per page.[1] It contains prolegomena, lists of κεφαλαια, κεφαλαια, and τιτλοι. Matthew 16:2b-3 placed after verse 9. It contains two endings of the Gospel of Mark.[2] It has the same system of chapter divisions, as Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1209 and Codex Zacynthius.

It has two endings to the Gospel of Mark (as in codices Ψ, 099, 0112, 274mg, and 1602).[3]

The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type in Mark and Luke. Aland placed it in Category II in Mark and Luke.[4] In Matthew its text belongs to the late Byzantine group.[5]


The manuscript once belonged to Johannes Georg Graeve and was collated by Bynaeus in 1661. It passed inti the hands of J. van der Hagen, who showed it for Wettstein in 1739. It was bought by Ambrose Didot and sold to Mons. Lesoef.[6] It is currently housed in at the National Library of France (Gr. 97), at Paris.[1]

See also


  • 1. Aland, K. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 81.
  • 2. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 147.
  • 3. Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, "The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration", Oxford University Press, Oxford 2005, p. 77.
  • 4. Kurt Aland, and Barbara Aland, "The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism", transl. Erroll F. Rhodes, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995, p. 133.
  • 5. Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, "The Text of the New Testament:Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration", New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 89.
  • 6. F. H. A. Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (London, 1894), vol. 1, p. 205.

Further reading

  • A Schmidtke, "Die Evangelien eines alten Unzialcodex nach einer Abschrift des dreizehnten Jahrhunderts" (Leipzig, 1903).
  • K. Lake, "The Ammonian Harmony and the Text of B", JTS VII (1906), pp. 292-295.
  • M.-J. Lagrange, "Critique textuelle" II, La Critique rationelle (Paris, 1935), pp. 113-116.

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