Minuscule 309

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Minuscule 309
New Testament manuscript
Text Acts, Paul
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Cambridge University Library
Size 16.4 cm by 13.4 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 309 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 351 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 14th century.[2] Formerly it was labelled by 21a and 26p.[3] It has marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles on 159 paper leaves (16.4 cm by 13.4 cm) with numerous lacunae (Acts 1:1-12:2; 14:22-15:10; Romans 11:22-33; 15:14-16.24-26; 16:4-20; 1 Corinthians 1:15-3:12; 2 Timothy 1:1-2:4; Titus 1:9-2:15; Philemon 3-25; all Hebrews). The text is written in one column per page, in 22-25 lines per page.[2]

It contains Prolegomena to the Pauline epistles only, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical reading), and subscriptions with numbers of stichoi at the end of each book.[3][4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5]


In the 14th century the manuscript belonged to Kosmas, a monk.[3] It was brought to England from the East by John Luke, professor of Arabic in Cambridge.[3] It was examined by Wettstein. John Berriman, one of the former owners of the manuscript, presented it in 1761 to the British Museum.[4]

C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3] Formerly it was labelled by 21a and 26p. In 1908 Gregory gave the number 309 to it.[1]

The manuscript is currently housed at the Cambridge University Library (Dd. 11.90) at Cambridge.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 59. 
  2. ^ a b c Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 65. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 265. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 285. 
  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. 

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