Minuscule 703

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 703
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at San Marino, California
Size 21.5 cm by 16.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type/mixed
Category none

Minuscule 703 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century. The manuscript has complex contents.[1][2] Scrivener labelled it by 885e.[3]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on two volumes, 199 + 210 parchment leaves (size 21.5 cm by 16.5 cm).[1][4]

The text is written in one columns per page, 18 lines per page.[1]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), which numbers are given at the margin; the τιτλοι (titles) are given at the top. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 234, 16:9), with a references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian tables, Prolegomena, the tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin, incipits, Synaxarion, Menologion, and pictures.[4]


Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[5]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents mixed Byzantine text, related to the textual family Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[6]

It lacks the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11).[4]


According to the colophon the manuscript was written in 1251.[4]

Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 11th century.[2]

It was added to the list of New Testament manuscript by Scrivener (885) and Gregory (703). Gregory saw the manuscript in 1883.[4]

Formerly it was housed in London, in Quaritch (1251). In 1900 Gregory stated that the place of housing of the manuscript is unknown.[4] In 1915 the manuscript was found in United States.

Actually the manuscript is housed at the Hantington Library (HM 1081) in San Marino, California.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 89. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  3. ^ 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. 275. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 214. 
  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. ^ 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. 65. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Edgar J. Goodspeed, The Bixby Gospels, HLS 4 (1915), pp. 121-125.
  • K. W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago, 1937), pp. 119-121.

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