Minuscule 634

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 634
Text Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, Pauline epistles
Date 1394
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 29.3 cm by 21.9 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 634 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 462 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. It is dated by a colophon to the year 1394. The manuscript is lacunose.[2] Formerly it was labeled by 169a and 206p.[3]


The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, Pauline epistles, on 248 parchment leaves (size 29.3 cm by 21.9 cm), with lacunae (Acts 1:1-7:23). Written in one column per page, 21 lines per page.[2] It contains Prolegomena, the κεφαλαια, lectionary markings, incipits, αναγνωσεις, Synaxarion, Menologion, subscriptions at the end of each book, and numbers of στιχοι in subscriptions.[3][4]

The order of books: Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles. Epistle to the Hebrews is placed after Epistle to Philemon.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[5]


The manuscript is dated by a colophon to the year 1394.[6] It was written by Joasaph, in Constantinople, in the monastery των οδηγων. Synaxarion and Menologion were written by Joannes.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Johann Martin Augustin Scholz, who slightly examined the manuscript.[7]

Formerly it was labeled by 169a and 206p. In 1908 Gregory gave the number 634 to it.[1]

The manuscript currently is housed at the Vatican Library (Chis. R V 29 (gr. 23)), at Rome.[2][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 70. 
  2. ^ a b c K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 84.
  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. 296. 
  4. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig. p. 278. 
  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. ^ a b Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  7. ^ Scholz, Biblisch-kritische Reise in Frankreich, der Schweiz, Italien, Palästine und im Archipel in den Jahren 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821: Nebst einer Geschichte des Textes des Neuen Testaments (Leipzig, 1823)

Further reading[edit]

  • R. Barbour, Greek Literary Hands A.D. 400-1600, Oxford Palaeographical Handbook (Oxford, 1981), p. 59.

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