Minuscule 479

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 479
Text New Testament (except Rev.)
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Selly Oak College
Size 17.5 cm by 13 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note family Kr

Minuscule 479 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 2491 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century. Scrivener labelled it by number 542.[2] It was adapted for liturgical use. Marginalia are not complete.


The codex contains the whole text of the New Testament except Book of Apocalypse on 231 parchment leaves (size 17.5 cm by 13 cm). It is written in one column per page, 29 lines per page.[3][4] The order of books: Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, but there is no their τιτλοι (titles). The text of the Gospel has not additional division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections; no references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains tables of κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each book, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), αναγνοωσεις, subscriptions at the end of each book, numbers of στιχοι, and scholia of Chrysostom.[3][2] It has the Euthalian Apparatus to the Acts, Catholic, and Pauline epistles.[3][1]

It contains the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11), but it was marked with an obelus.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Family Kr.[6] Aland placed it in Category V.[7] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Family Kr in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20. It creates also a textual cluster 479.[6]


Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 13th century.[4]

Formerly the manuscript belonged to the monastery του μετεωρου. The manuscript once belonged to Bishop of Caesarea Palaestina. It was bought by in 1837 by Christopher Wordsworth († 1885), Bishop of Lincoln, and bears a stamp Biblioteca Suchtelen (Russian Ambassador at Stockholm).[2]

The manuscript was examined and collated by Scrivener (542), who published its text in 1852.[5] The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. Gregory saw it in 1883. Gregory gave the number 479 to it.[3]

It is currently housed at the Selly Oak College (Cod. Migdana Gr. 3) in Birmingham.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 65. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. 253. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 193. 
  4. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 75. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  5. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 194. 
  6. ^ 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. pp. 61, 92. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • F. H. A. Scrivener, A Full and Exact Collation of About 20 Greek Manuscripts of the Holy Gospels (Cambridge and London, 1852), p. XLII. (as l)
  • F. H. A. Scrivener, An Exact Transcript of the Codex Augiensis (Cambridge and London, 1859), p. 63. (as g)
  • J. N. Birdsal, Greek Hagiographical Manuscripts in the Library of the Selly Oak Colleges, Anal. Boll 86 (1968), pp. 333-336.

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