Minuscule 128

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Minuscule 128
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 32.2 cm by 24.4 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note member of Kr

Minuscule 128 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 304 (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 marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 370 parchment leaves (size 32.2 cm by 24.4 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 18 lines per page.[2] Parchment is white, ink is brown, the initial letters in red. The handwriting is like that in minuscule 80.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages.[3]

It contains prolegomena, Argumentum, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel with a harmony, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, and numbers of στιχοι.[4] There is room for pictures.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual family Kr in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20. It creates textual cluster 128.[5]

The text of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked as a doubtful.[3]


The manuscript was examined by Birch (about 1782), who dated it to the 11th century. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Vat. gr. 356), 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. 53. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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 e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 156. 
  4. ^ 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. ^ 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. pp. 55, 93. 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. 

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