Minuscule 269

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 269
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at National Library of France
Size 23.8 cm by 19.8 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 269 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 290 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century.[2] It has marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 215 parchment leaves (23.8 cm by 19.8 cm),[2] with lacunae (Matthew 1:1-8; Mark 1:1-7; Luke 1:1-8; Luke 24:50-John 1:12). Text of Luke 24:50-53 was supplied by a later hand.[3] The text is written in two columns per page, in 25 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (Matthew 355, Mark 233 – the last section in 16:8, Luke 342, John 232).[3]

It contains Prolegomena to the Gospel of John, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, Verses, and pictures. The Eusebian Canon tables were added by a later hand.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. According to Hermann von Soden it represents the Byzantine commentated text.[4] Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the 1519 group. It creates a textual pair with Minuscule 32.[4]


The manuscript once belonged to the King Henry IV. The manuscripts was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scholz (1794-1852).[6] It was examined by Burgon. C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1885.[3]

The manuscript is currently housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 74) at Paris.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 57. 
  2. ^ a b c d K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 63
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 174. 
  4. ^ a b Wisse, Frederik (1982). The Profile Method for the Classification and Evaluation of Manuscript Evidence, as Applied to the Continuous Greek Text of the Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 58. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  5. ^ Aland, Kurt; Aland, Barbara (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  6. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 225. 

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