Minuscule 154

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Minuscule 154
New Testament manuscript
Name Alexandrino-Vaticanus
Text Gospels
Date 13th-century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 26.3 cm by 20.7 cm
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 154 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), Θε402 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on cotton paper. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th-century.[2] It has complex contents, and full marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 355 paper leaves (size 26.3 cm by 20.7 cm),[2] with a Theophylact's commentary.[3]

The text is written in one column per page, in 40 lines per page.[2] The paper has brown colour, written in black ink, capital letters in red.[4]

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. The references to the Eusebian Canons are absent.[4]

It contains lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), liturgical books with hagiographies (Synaxarion and Menologion), numbers of stichoi, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[3][4]

At the end of the manuscript is given subscription α υ μ β απριλλ(ιω) ιδ, i.e. "April 14, 1442", it was made by the later hand.[5]


Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[6] It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[7]


Probably the manuscript was written in Italy.[3] It is dated by the INTF to the 13th-century.[8]

It was presented by Christina, Queen of Sweden, to Cardinal Decio Azzolino, and bought from him by Pope Alexander VII (1689–1691), together with the manuscripts 155, 156, and 181.[3][4]

It was examined and described by Birch (about 1782), Scholz, and Henry Stevenson.[5][9] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[4]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Reg. gr. 28), at Rome.[2][8]

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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 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. 56. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d 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. 214. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 159. 
  5. ^ a b Henry Stevenson (1888). Codices manuscripti Graeci Reginae Svecorum et Pii Pp. II. Bibliothecae Vaticanae, descripti praeside I.B. Cardinali Pitra. Rom. p. 22. 
  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. 
  7. ^ 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. 56. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  8. ^ a b "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Henry Stevenson described also minuscule manuscripts: 884, 885, 886, 887.

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