Minuscule 117

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Minuscule 117
New Testament manuscript
Portrait of Evangelist Matthew
Portrait of Evangelist Matthew
Name Codex Harleian. 5731
Text Gospels
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 20.5 cm by 14.8 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 117 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 506 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th century.[2] It has full marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 202 paper leaves (size 20.5 cm by 14.8 cm),[2] with lacunae in Matthew 1:1-18; 15:18-39. The text is written in one column per page.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and the τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 241 - 16:20), (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, the Eusebian Tables, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), incipits, synaxaria, Menologion, subscriptions at the end Mark and John (as in Codex Sangallensis 48), numbers of στιχοι, and pictures.[4] The initial letters, rubrics, and scholia in red.


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the group Iφb.[5] Aland did not place it to any Category.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no Profile was made.[5]


Place of origin of the manuscript is Eastern Mediterranean.[7] It came to England in the first half of the 16th century.

The manuscript once belonged to Richard Bentley.[3] It was examined by Griesbach,[8] Bloomfield, and Angelo Mai.[4] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Harley Collection 5731), at London.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 52. 
  2. ^ a b c K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 53.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 154. 
  4. ^ a b Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 211. 
  5. ^ 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. 55. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  6. ^ 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. 138. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  7. ^ Harley 5731 at the British Library
  8. ^ J. J. Griesbach, Symbolae crit., 1, p. CLXXXXIX-CCII.

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