Minuscule 120

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Minuscule 120
New Testament manuscript
Date12th century
Now atBibliothèque nationale de France
Size18.3 cm by 13.7 cm
TypeByzantine text-type

Minuscule 120 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1202 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th or 13th century.[2] It has complex contents with some marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, John on 183 (177 + 6) parchment leaves (size 18.3 cm by 13.7 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 30 lines per page (size of text 12 by 8 cm). The large initial letters in gold, the ink is black.[3] The leaves 40-67 with Gospel of Mark were lost.[3]

The text of the Gospels is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and τιτλοι (titles of chapters) of these κεφαλαια are inserted at the top of the pages. The text has also another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections. It has no references to the Eusebian Canons.[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 very close to the codex 119.[3]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[5]

It belongs to the textual cluster 17 along with manuscripts 30, 70, 287, 288, and 880.[6]


Formerly the manuscript belonged to St. Victor on the Walls. Probably it was used by Robert Estienne in his Editio Regia and was designed by him as ιδ'.[7]

The manuscript was examined and described by Griesbach[8] and Paulin Martin.[9] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1885 and 1891.[3]

It is currently housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Supp. Gr. 185), at Paris.[2]

See also[edit]


  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 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. 95. 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. ^ J. J. Griesbach, Symbolae criticae ad supplendas et corrigendas variarum N. T. lectionum collectiones (Halle, 1793), p. CL-CLII.
  9. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin, Description technique des manuscrits grecs, relatif au Nouveau Testament, conservé dans les bibliothèques des Paris (Paris 1883), p. 52, 106

Further reading[edit]

  • E. Colwell, "The Four Gospels of Karahissar" I (Chicago, 1936), pp. 170–222.

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