Minuscule 397

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Minuscule 397
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospel of John
Date 10th/11th century
Script Greek
Now at Biblioteca Vallicelliana
Size 28 cm by 23.5 cm
Category none

Minuscule 397 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), Cι10 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Paleographically it has been assigned to the 10th or 11th century.[2]


The codex contains the text of the Gospel of John on 295 parchment leaves (28 cm by 23.5 cm) with catenae. It is written in one column per page, in 27 lines per page.[2][3]

Kurt Aland did not place the Greek text of the codex in any Category.[4]

In John 9:35 it has reading εις τον υιον του ανθρωπου (in the Son of Man); the reading is supported by \mathfrak{P}66, \mathfrak{P}75, Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Bezae, Washingtonianus, itd, syrc, cosa, and ethro.[5]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 15th century.

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scholz (1794–1852) with a number 397.[6] The manuscript was described by Giuseppe Bianchini. Scrivener in the 3rd edition of his "A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament" catalogued it twice, as 397 and 617. In the 4th edition it was corrected and number 617 was given to the other manuscript. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

The manuscript is currently housed at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana (E. 40) in Rome.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 62. 
  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. 70. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 186. 
  4. ^ 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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  5. ^ UBS3, p. 366.
  6. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (1861). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (1 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 168. 

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