Minuscule 637

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Minuscule 637
New Testament manuscript
Text Acts, Catholic epistles, Paul
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at University of Messina
Size 29.5 cm by 22.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 637 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 262 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically to the 12th century. The manuscript is lacunose.[2] Formerly it was labeled by 175a and 216p.[3]


The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, Pauline epistles, on 242 parchment leaves (size 29.5 cm by 22.5 cm), with lacunae (Acts 1:1-7:23). It is written in two columns per page, 25 lines per page.[2] It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια, list of μαρτυριαι, μαρτυριαι, lectionary markings, Menologion, subscriptions, and numbers of στιχοι at the margin.[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 INTF to the 12th century.[6] It was written in Calabria.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Johann Martin Augustin Scholz.[7] It was examined by Andrew Birch.[8] Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[4]

Formerly it was labeled by 175a and 216p. In 1908 Gregory gave the number 637 to it.[1]

The manuscript currently is housed at the library of University of Messina (104), at Messina.[2][6]

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  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 d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. pp. 278–279. 
  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)
  8. ^ Andreas Birch, Variae Lectiones ad Textum Evv..., Kopenhagen 1801, p. XCIV f.

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