Uncial 0153

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Uncial 0153 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is a Greek ostracon uncial manuscript of the New Testament. It is unglazed pottery. It contains texts 2 Cor. 4:7 and 2 Tim. 2:20.



Caspar René Gregory included it into uncials, but Dobschütz included it into Ostraca. Dobschütz enumareted 25 ostraca of the New Testament. This opinion was supported by other scholars, and in result Uncial 0153 was deleted from the list of the New Testament uncials, and remained empty place in the list.<ref name = Aland>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. 123. </ref>


Earthen vessels (σκευη, οστρακινα) were in universal use in the antiquity, (they are twice mentioned in the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:7 and in 2 Timothy 2:20

2 Corinthians 4:7

Εχομεν δε τον θησαυρον τουτον εν οστρακινοις σκευεσιν ινα η υπερβολη της δυναμεως η του θεου και μη εξ ημων.

2 Timothy 2:20

Εν μεγαλη δε οικια ουκ εστιν μονον σκευη χρυσα και αργυρα αλλα και ξυλινα και οστρακινα και α μεν εις τιμην α δε εις ατιμιαν.

The Greek text of the codex is too brief to determine its textual character.

Present location

It is currently located at the Bodleian Library, (Ms. 62), at Oxford.<ref name = Aland/>

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Further reading

  • J. G. Tait, Greek Ostraka in the Bodleian Library and Various other Collections (London: 1930), p. 145.
  • G. Lefebvre, Fragments grecs des Évangiles sur Ostraca, Bulletin de l'institut français d'archéologie orientale 4 (Cairo: 1940), pp. 1-15.
  • Rudolf Knopf, Eine Tonscherbe mit den Text des Vaterunsers, Mitteilungen des kaiserlichen deutschen archäologischen Institüts zu Athen 25 (1900), pp. 313-324. ZNW 2 (1901), pp. 228-233.

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