Minuscule 140

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Minuscule 140
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 23.4 cm by 18.3 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Hand beautifully written
Note close to 80

Minuscule 140 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 202 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2] The codex has complex contents, with full marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 408 parchment leaves (partly on paper) (size 23.4 cm by 18.3 cm).[2] The text is written in two columns per page, 22 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), which numbers are given at the margin of the text, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 234 sections – the last numbered section in 16:9), with references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains the Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning and 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 Kx.[4] Aland placed it in Category V.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[4]

Textually it is close to minuscule 80.[3] In Luke 1:64 it has a textual variant that supports the Complutensian reading.[6]


The manuscript was given by the Queen of Cyprus to pope Innocent VII (1404-1406).[6]

It was examined by Birch (about 1782), Scholz, and Franz Delitzsch. C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Vat. gr. 1158), at Rome.[2]

See also[edit]


  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 (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 55. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 157. 
  4. ^ 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. p. 55. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  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. ^ a b Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 213. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Franz Delitzsch, Fortgesetzte Studien zur Entstehungsgeschichte der camplutensziehen Polyglotte (Leipzig 1886), pp. 30–35.

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