Minuscule 119

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Minuscule 119
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Bibliothèque nationale de France
Size 15.5 cm by 16 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 119 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1290 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2] It has complex contents with marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 237 parchment leaves (size 15.5 cm by 16 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 23 lines per page (size of text 12 cm by 8 cm). The capital letters in red, the large initial letters in gold.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 236 - 16:12), (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[3]

It contains prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, numbers of stichoi, and pictures.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[4]

According to Gregory textually it is close to the codex 120.[3]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual cluster 16 in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[5] To this cluster belong manuscripts: 16, 217, 330, 491, 578, 693, 1528, and 1588.[6]


The manuscript once belonged to Simon de Colines in 1534.[3] It was examined by Louvois for Ludolph Kuster, Griesbach,[7] and Paulin Martin.[8] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1885.[3]

It is currently housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 85), at Paris.[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 e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 154. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. ^ 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. 107. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 211. 
  8. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin, Description technique des manuscrits grecs relatifs au Nouveau Testament, conservé dans les bibliothèques de Paris (Paris 1883), p. 51

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