Minuscule 558

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 558
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 21.5 cm by 16.6 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 558 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 275 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on a parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 525.[3]


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 352 parchment leaves (size 21.5 cm by 16.6 cm). The writing is in one column per page, 20 lines per page.[2] The tables of the κεφαλαια are placed before every Gospel, numerals of the κεφαλαια (chapters) are placed at the margin, with their τιτλοι (titles) at the top. There is another division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 231 Sections - the last in 16:9), but without a references to the Eusebian Canons.

It contains lectionary markings, incipits (notes on the beginning) in vermilion, αναγνωσεις (liturgical notes), subscriptions, numbered στιχοι, and pictures.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to Ak, related to the Antiocheian commentated text (along with 534, 546, 573, 715).[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kr in Luke 1 and Luke 10. In Luke 20 it belongs to the group 1519, which stays closely to the family Kx.[5]


The manuscript was in the possession of Earl of Leicester. It was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener and was examined by Dean Burgon.[4]

The manuscripts was added to the list of the New Testament minuscule manuscripts by F. H. A. Scrivener (525) and C. R. Gregory (558).[3][4]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Bodleian Library (Bod. Holkham Gr. 115, olim [Holkham Hall] Earl of Leicester 4) in Oxford.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 68. 
  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 Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 251. 
  4. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig. p. 202. 
  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. 63. 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. 

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