Minuscule 147

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Minuscule 147
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 16.5 cm by 13 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note member of the Kr

Minuscule 147 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 401 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2] Birch and F. H. A. Scrivener dated to the 11th century,[3] C. R. Gregory dated to the 14th century.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 355 parchment leaves (size 16.5 cm by 13 cm).[2] The parchment is fine and white.[3][4]

The text is written in one column per page, in 20 lines per page.[2] The capital letters in red.[4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin of the text, and the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages.[4]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel, synaxaria, Menologion, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, with numbers of στιχοι.[4]


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, 10, and 20. It creates textual cluster with the codex 547 and 511 (in Luke 1).[5]


The manuscript was examined and described by Birch (about 1782) and Scholz. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[4]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Pal. gr. 89), 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. 55.
  3. ^ 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. 213. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 158. 
  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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