Uncial 0281

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New Testament manuscripts
Uncial 0281
Text Gospel of Matthew 6-27
Date 7th/8th century
Script Greek
Found 1975
Now at Saint Catherine's Monastery
Size 20 cm by 17 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category ?

Uncial 0281 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is a Greek uncial manuscript of the New Testament. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 7th or 8th century.[1]


The codex contains a small parts of the Gospel of Matthew 6-27, on 47 parchment leaves (20 cm by 17 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 20 lines per page, in uncial letters. It is a palimpsest, the upper text contains part of the Old Testament.[1]

Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 7th or 8th century.[1][2]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the late Alexandrian text-type.

It agrees 18 times with Codex Sinaiticus and 12 times with Codex Vaticanus.[3]


It is one of the manuscripts discovered in Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai in May 1975, during restoration work.[4] Currently the codex is housed at the monastery (N.E. ΜΓ 29).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 42. 
  2. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Uncial 0281 at the Wieland Willker, "Textual Commentary"
  4. ^ Together with other uncials: 12 leaves from Codex Sinaiticus, 0278, 0279, 0280, 0282, 0283, 0284, 0285, 0286, 0287, 0288, 0289, 0290, 0291, 0292, 0293, 0294, 0295, 0296.

Further reading[edit]

  • L. Politis, "Nouveaux manuscrits grecs decouvers au Mont Sinai. Raport preliminaire", Scriptorium 34, (1980), pp. 5-17.

External links[edit]

  • Uncial 0281 at the Wieland Willker, "Textual Commentary"