Minuscule 663

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 663
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire
Size 16 cm by 11 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 663 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 387 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century. The manuscript is lacunose.[2][3]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels, on 277 parchment leaves (size 16 cm by 11 cm),[2] with only one lacuna (Matthew 26:27-39).[4] The text is written in one column per page, 18 lines per page,[2] in very small letters.[4]

It contains lists of the κεφαλαια before each of the Gospels, numbers of the κεφαλαια (chapters) at the margin, the τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages, the Ammonian Sections, references to the Eusebian Canons, and lectionary markings.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified to the textual family Kx. Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[5]

According to the Wisse's Profile Method it belongs to the textual cluster Cl 121.[6]

Textually it is close to the Complutensian Polyglot.[4]


Gregory dated the manuscript to the 13th century.[4] Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 13th century.[3]

The manuscript was presented by Nicephorus Glykas, Bishop of Imbro, to Eduard Reuss.[4]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. Gregory saw it in 1887.[4]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire (Ms. 1907), in Strasbourg.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 71. 
  2. ^ a b c d K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 86.
  3. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 210. 
  5. ^ Aland, Kurt; Barbara Aland; Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.) (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. 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. 64. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

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