Minuscule 689

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 689
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 21.1 cm by 15.7 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 689 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε326 (von Soden),[1][2] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century. The manuscript has complex contents.[3][4] Scrivener labelled it by 593e.[5]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels, on 313 parchment leaves (size 21.1 cm by 15.7 cm),[3] in 20 quires.[5] The text is written in one column per page, 20 lines per page.[3][6]

It contains Synaxarion, Prolegomena, the tables of the κεφαλαια (contents) are placed before each Gospel, numbers of the κεφαλαια (chapters) are given at the margin, there are no τιτλοι (titles), lectionary markings, incipits, Synaxarion, Menologion, subscriptions, numbers of στιχοι, and decorations.[5][6] There are no division according to the Ammonian Sections, with a references to the Eusebian Canons.


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[7] Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[8]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kr in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made. It creates textual cluster with 1059.[7]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 12th century, Gregory to the 13th century.[6] Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 13th century.[4]

The manuscript was bought from Spyridion Lambros from Athens in 1859 (along with the codex 688 and 690).[5]

It was added to the list of New Testament manuscript by Scrivener (593) and Gregory (689).[5]

It was examined by Bloomfied and Dean Burgon.[6]

Actually the manuscript is housed at the British Library (Add. 22737), London.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte (Berlin 1902), vol. 1, p. 175.
  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. 88. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  5. ^ a b c d e 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. 259. 
  6. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 212. 
  7. ^ 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. 64. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  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. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 

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