Minuscule 552

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Minuscule 552
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Found 1834
Now at British Library
Size 20.9 cm by 15.4 cm
Type Byzantine text-type / mixed
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 552 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 252 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 539. The manuscript has complex contents.

Description[edit]

The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 252 parchment leaves (size 20.9 cm by 15.4 cm). The writing is in one column per page, 27 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 smaller Ammonian Sections, but without references to the Eusebian Canons.[3][4]

It contains tables of the κεφαλαια (only to Luke).[3]

Text[edit]

Kurt Aland did not place the Greek text of the codex in any Category.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 it belongs to the group M106. It belong also to the textual cluster 1053 in Luke 1 and Luke 20.[6]

It has an unusual readings.[3] The text of Luke 22:43-44 is omitted.

History[edit]

The manuscript was held in the monastery Mar Saba. In 1834 Robert Curzon, Lord Zouche, brought this manuscript to England (along with the codices 548, 553, 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 minuscule manuscripts by F. H. A. Scrivener (539) and C. R. Gregory (552).[4][3]

The manuscript was examined by Scrivener, Dean Burgon, and Gregory (in 1883).[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 39595) in London.[2]

See also[edit]

References[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 e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 202. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  6. ^ 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. 63. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  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).

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