Minuscule 1253

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Minuscule 1253
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Now at Saint Catherine's Monastery
Size 30 cm by 23 cm
Category none
Note unique addition in the Lord's Prayer

Minuscule 1253 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), Θε64 (von Soden).[1] It is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on paper. Palaeografically it has been assigned to the 15th century (or about 1200). The manuscript is lacunose.[2]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels with a commentaries of Theophylact, written on 209 paper leaves (30 cm by 23 cm). It has two lacunae in Matthew 1:1-2; John 9:3-21.25. The text is written in two columns per page, in 36 and more lines per page.[3][4] It contains pictures.[5]


Aland did not place its text into any Category.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it has mixed text in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[7]

In Matthew 6:13, in the Lord's Prayer it has unique addition ὅτι σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία, τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. ἀμήν.

In Matthew 19:16 it reads διδασκαλε αγαθε (good teacher) — C, K, W, Δ, Θ, f13, 28, 33, 565, 700, 892mg, 1009, 1071, 1079, 1195, 1216, 1230, 1241, 1242, 1344, 1546, 1646, 2148, 2174, Byz, Lect, it, vg, syr, copsa, arm, eth, Diatessaron.[8]

In Luke 15:21 it has additional reading ποιησον με ως ενα των μισθιων σου; the reading is supported by Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Bezae, Monacensis, 33, 700, 1195, 1216, 1230, 1241, 1344, 13, 15, 60, 80, 185.[9]

It contains text of Luke 22:43-44 (Christ's agony).

In John 6:1 it reads της θαλασσης της Γαλιλαιας εις τα μερη της Τιβεριαδος – along with Codex Bezae, Θ, 892, 1009, 1230.[10]


According to Victor Gardthausen the manuscript was written in the 16th century.[11] Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 15th century.[2][4]

Of the history of the codex 1253 nothing is known until the year 1886, when it was seen by Victor Gardthausen, German palaeographer, who made first described the codex.[11]

C. R. Gregory on the basis of Gardthausen description added it to the list of the New Testament manuscripts.[5]

Currently the codex is located in the Saint Catherine's Monastery (Gr. 303) at Sinai.[2][4]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 88. 
  2. ^ 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. 119. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ Kurt Aland, Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum. Locis parallelis evangeliorum apocryphorum et patrum adhibitis edidit, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1996, p. XXVI.
  4. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  5. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 248. 
  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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  7. ^ 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. 74. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  8. ^ The Greek New Testament, ed. K. Aland, A. Black, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger, and A. Wikgren, in cooperation with INTF, United Bible Societies, 3rd edition, (Stuttgart 1983), p. 74.
  9. ^ The Greek New Testament, ed. K. Aland, A. Black, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger, and A. Wikgren, in cooperation with INTF, United Bible Societies, 3rd edition, (Stuttgart 1983), p. 277.
  10. ^ UBS3, p. 342
  11. ^ a b Victor Gardthausen (1886). Catalogus codicum Graecorum Sinaiticorum. Oxford: E Typographeo Clarendoniano. p. 60. 

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