Minuscule 897 (Gregory-Aland)

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Minuscule 897
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Found 1869
Now at Edinburgh University Library
Size 23.9 cm by 17.2 cm
Type Byzantine
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 897 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 361 (von Soden),[1][2] is a 13th-century Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on parchment. It has marginalia. The manuscript has not survived in complete condition.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels, on 327 parchment leaves (size 23.9 cm by 17.2 cm), with some lacunae.[3] The text is written in one column per page, 17 lines per page.[3][4] According to Hermann von Soden it has decorated headpieces and initials.[2]

It lacks texts of Matthew 1:1-7:6; 27:63-18:7; Luke 22:36-47; 23:45-24:1; John 8:8:33-10:24 (12:18-14:21).[5]

The text of the Gospels is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages.[5] There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 239 sections, the last section in Mark 16:20), whose numbers are given at the margin. There are no references to the Eusebian Canons.[5]

It contains lists of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each of the Gospels, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), and subscriptions at the end of each of the Gospels.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[6] Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[7]

According to the Claremont Profile Method, it represents the textual family Kr in Luke 1 and Luke 20 as perfect member. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[6]

The text of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked at the margin with an obelus (÷) as a doubtful.[5]


According to C. R. Gregory, it was written in the 13th century. The manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 13th century.[4] Of the history of the codex 897 nothing is known until the year 1869, when it was bought by David Laing. Gregory saw it in 1883.[5]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Gregory (897e).[5] It was not on the Scrivener's list, but it was added to his list by Edward Miller in the 4th edition of A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament.[8]

It is not cited in critical editions of the Greek New Testament (UBS4,[9] NA28[10]).

The manuscript is housed at the Edinburgh University Library (Ms. 220 (D Laing 6)), in Edinburgh.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 78. 
  2. ^ a b Soden, von, Hermann (1902). Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte 1. Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker. p. 178. 
  3. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 100. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 230. 
  6. ^ 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. 67. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 276. 
  9. ^ Aland, B.; Aland, K.; J. Karavidopoulos, C. M. Martini, B. Metzger, A. Wikgren (1993). The Greek New Testament (4 ed.). Stuttgart: United Bible Societies. p. 18*. ISBN 978-3-438-05110-3. 
  10. ^ Nestle, Eberhard et Erwin; communiter ediderunt: B. et K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger (2001). Novum Testamentum Graece (27 ed.). Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. p. 812. ISBN 978-3-438-05100-4. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 8 April 2013.