Minuscule 127

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Minuscule 127
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 32.4 cm by 25.8 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Hand neatly written
Note marginalia

Minuscule 127 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A124 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] The manuscript has complex contents; marginalia are incomplete.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 378 thick parchment leaves (size 32.4 cm by 25.8 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 26 lines per page. The ink is brown, the large initials in red.[3]

There is space and lines stand blank for a commentary, but it was seldom written.[3]

It is neatly written, with a few corrections added by a later hand (e.g. Matthew 27:49).[4]

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 another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 sections, the last in 16:8), but there is no references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning, prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, and lectionary markings for liturgical readings at the margin.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it creates textual cluster 127. It is close to minuscule 132.[6]


The manuscript was examined by Birch (about 1782). C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[3]

The manuscript is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Vat. gr. 349), at Rome.[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. 54.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 156. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 212. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  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. 55. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

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