Minuscule 740 (Gregory-Aland)

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 740
Text Gospels
Date 1318
Script Greek
Now at Bibliothèque nationale de France
Size 24.9 cm by 17.5 cm
Type ?
Category none
Note commentary

Minuscule 740 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), Θε410 (von Soden),[1][2] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament written on paper. It is dated by a colophon to 1318 CE. The manuscript has complex contents.[3][4] Scrivener labelled it as 761e.[5]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 444 paper leaves (size 24.9 cm by 17.5 cm).[3] According to Scrivener it has 441 leaves.[5] The text of Matthew 1:1-2:18 was supplied by a later hand.[1]

The text is written in one column per page, 33-37 lines per page.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top. According to Gregory there is also another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections.[6]

It contains lectionary markings and Synaxarion (liturgical book). It has a commentary of Theophylact.[5]


Aland did not place the Greek text of the codex in any Category.[7]

It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[8]


Martin and after him Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 12th or 13th century; Gregory dated it to the 14th or 15th century.[6] According to the colophon the manuscript was written in 1318.[3][4] The name of scribe was John (?), from Chalcedon (?).[6]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (761) and Gregory (740). It was examined and described by Paulin Martin.[9] Gregory saw the manuscript in 1885.[6]

The manuscript is now housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 234) in Paris.[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. 267.
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 74. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Aland, K.; M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 91. 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 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 270. 
  6. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig. p. 217. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin, Description technique des manuscrits grecs, relatif au N. T., conservé dans les bibliothèques des Paris (Paris 1883), p. 100

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