Minuscule 672

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 672
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Cambridge University Library
Size 14 cm by 10.7 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 672 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 156 (von Soden),[1][2] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century. The manuscript is a very lacunose.[3][4] Scrivener labelled it by 618e.[5]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels, on 278 parchment leaves (size 14 cm by 10.7 cm),[3] with numerous lacunae (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 15:29-16; 20 Luke 1:1-3:23). Text of Luke 24:46-53 was supplied by a later hand.[1] The text is written in one column per page, 19-20 lines per page.[3] It was written by several hands.[6]

The tables of the κεφαλαια are placed before every Gospel. The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters) with the τιτλοι (titles) at the top. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections, with references to the Eusebian Canons (partially).[5] It contains a lectionary markings, incipits, Synaxarion, Menologion, and pictures.[6]

The Old Testament quotations are marked on the margin. N ephelkystikon is rare.[7]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kx. Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[8]

According to the Wisse's Profile Method it represents family Kx in Luke 10 and Luke 20; in Luke 1 the manuscript is defective.[9]


Scrivener and Gregory dated it to the 11th century.[6] Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 11th century.[4]

On the last leaf is date of the owner – 1729.[7]

The manuscript was bought in 1870.[5] It was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener and Gregory. Gregory saw it in 1883.[6] It was examined by Hort and Brandshaw.

Actually the manuscript is housed at the Cambridge University Library (Add. Mss. 720) in Cambridge.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte (Berlin 1902), vol. 1, p. 142.
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 72. 
  3. ^ 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. 87. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  5. ^ a b c Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1 (fourth ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 262. 
  6. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 211. 
  7. ^ a b Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, Adversaria Critica Sacra: With a Short Explanatory Introduction (Cambridge, 1893), p. XVIII
  8. ^ 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. pp. 133, 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  9. ^ 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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