Minuscule 639

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Minuscule 639 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering, α 169 Soden). It is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on a parchment. Dated palaeographically to the 11th century.[1] Formerly it was labeled by 192a and 246p.[2]



The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles on 237 parchment leaves (20.5 by 15.5 cm) with some lacunae (Acts 21:6-23; 1 Peter 5:10-14). Written in one column per page, 22-24 lines per page in minuscule letters. The last folio, no. 237, is a palimpsest, the lower text was written in uncial letters, and belongs to the codex 0132.[1][2]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of κεφαλαια to the Catholic epistles, κεφαλαια, lectionary markings, subscriptions, and στιχοι. Some lacking leaves were supplemented in 14th century on a paper, by one Micheal (Acts 1:1-3:20; 7:27-10:26; 10:38-11:19; 12:2-15:25).[3]<[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[4]

The codex now is located in Christ Church College (Wake 37) at Oxford.[1]

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  • 1. K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 85.
  • 2. Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 280.
  • 3. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894 (2005 reprint)). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 298.
  • 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.

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