Minuscule 548

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Minuscule 548
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Found 1834
Now at British Library
Size 15.8 cm by 11.7 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 548 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1015 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 535.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 166 parchment leaves (size 15.8 cm by 11.7 cm), with one lacunae (John 16:27-19:40). It is written in one column per page, 26 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections, (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[3][4]

It contains tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before every Gospel, illuminated headpieces, and pictures.[4][3] There is a musical notation on the first four leaves, and the first nine lines of St. John are in gold.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden included it to the textual family Kx.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[5]


Formerly the manuscript was held in the monastery Mar Saba. In 1834 Robert Curzon, Lord Zouche, brought this manuscript to England (along with the codices 552, 553, and 554).[4][3] The entire collection of Curzon was bequeathed by his daughter in 1917 to the British Museum, where it had been deposited, by his son, since 1876.[7]

The manuscripts was added to the list of the New Testament manuscript by F. H. A. Scrivener (535) and C. R. Gregory (548).[4] It was examined by Scrivener, Burgon, and Gregory (in 1883).[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 39591) in London.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 67. 
  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. 79. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 201. 
  4. ^ a b c d e 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. 252. 
  5. ^ 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. 62. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Heike Behlmer, ... `As Safe as in the British Museum`: Paul de Lagarde and His Borrowing of Manuscripts from the Collection of Robert Curzon The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology Vol. 89, (2003), pp. 231-238.

Further reading[edit]

  • S. Emmel, Catalogue of Materials for Writing, Early Writings on Tablets and Stones, rolled and other Manuscripts and Oriental Manuscript Books, in the Library of the Honourable Robert Curzon (London 1849).
  • Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, ed. E. M. Thompson and others, II (London 1913-34), 79

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