Minuscule 15

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Minuscule 15
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th-century
Script Greek
Now at Bibliothèque nationale de France
Size 18.2 cm by 14.3 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note full marginalia

Minuscule 15 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 283 (von Soden).[1] It is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on 225 parchment leaves (18.2 cm by 14.3 cm), dated palaeographically to the 12th-century.[2] It has liturgical books and full marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels.[2] It contains also liturgical books with hagiographies: synaxarion and Menologion.[3]

The biblical text is written in one column per page, 23-24 lines per page.[2][4] It was written in neat, and regular letters.[5]

The first three pages are written in gold, with exquisite miniatures, four on page 2, four on page 3.[5]

It has iota adscriptum.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, with the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections, with references to the Eusebian Canons (written below Ammonian Section numbers).[3]

It contains Prolegomena, Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canon tables, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary equipment at the margin (for liturgical use), and pictures.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type.[6] Hermann von Soden classified it to Ak (the Byzantine commentated text).[7] Aland placed it in Category V.[8] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[7]

At the margin of Mark 16:8 it has questionable scholion: εν τισι των αντιγραφων, εως ωδε πληρουται ο ευαγγελιστης εν πολλοις δε, και ταυτα φερεται.[3]

The text of the pericope John 7:53-8:11 is omitted.[3]


Scholz dated it to the 10th-century, Gregory to the 12th-century.[3] Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 12th-century.[4]

The manuscript was brought to Paris by Catherine de' Medici.[3] It was in private hands, and became one of the manuscripts used by Kuster's in his revised reprint of Mill's Novum Testamentum Graecum (Paris 8).[5] Scholz examined a bigger part of Matthew, Mark and John in the codex. It was examined and described by Burgon and Paulin Martin.[9] C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1884.[3]

The codex is located now at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 64) in Paris.[2][4]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 48. 
  2. ^ a b c d Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments (2 ed.). Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 47. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 132. 
  4. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; E. Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 193. 
  6. ^ K.v. Tischendorf (1859). Novum Testamentum Graece. Editio Septima. Lipsiae. p. CXCVI. 
  7. ^ 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. 53. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin (1883). Description technique des manuscrits grecs, relatif au Nouveau Testament, conservé dans les bibliothèques des Paris. Paris. p. 26-28. 

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