Minuscule 561

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Minuscule 561
New Testament manuscript
Folio 87 recto, the first page of Mark
Folio 87 recto, the first page of Mark
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Glasgow University Library
Size 19 cm by 13.5 cm
Type Byzantine / mixed
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 561 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1289 (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.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 521.[3]

The manuscript has complex contents. It has marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 290 parchment leaves (size 19 cm by 13.5 cm). The manuscript was written by many hands.[4] The writing is in one column per page, 21-25 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numerals 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, (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[4]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[3][4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified to the textual family Kx.[5] Aland did not placed it in any Category.[6]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10. In Luke 20 it has mixed Byzantine text.[5]


The first page of Luke (folio 147 recto)

According to the INTF it was written in the 13th-century.[2]

The manuscript was written in Italy. It once belonged to Brian Walton in 1656. It was in Caesar de Missy's collection in London in 1748 (along with the codex 560, 162, 239).[4] It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (521) and Gregory (561).[4]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Glasgow University Library (Ms. Hunter 476) in Glasgow.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 68. 
  2. ^ a b c d Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 80. 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. 250. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig. p. 203. 
  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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gustavus Haenel, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum qui in bibliothecis Galliae, Helvetiae, Belgii, Britaniae M., Hispaniae, Lusitaniae Asservantur, Lipsiae 1830
  • W. H. P. Hatch, Facsimiles and descriptions of minuscule manuscripts of the New Testament (Cambridge, Mass., 1951), LXXI
  • Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 60

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