Minuscule 161

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Minuscule 161
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Barberinianus 10
Text Gospels
Date 10th
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 20.4 cm by 15.7 cm
Type some western readings
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 161 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1005 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 10th century. The manuscript is lacunose.[2] It has full marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 203 thick parchment leaves (size 20.4 cm by 15.7 cm),[2] with one large lacuna (John 16:4-21:25).[3]

The text is written two columns per page, in 23-26 lines per page,[2] in brown ink, the capital letters in red and gold.[3]

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

It contains tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel. Lectionary markings were added by a later hand (for liturgical use).[4]

Various readings are often noted in its margin.[4]


Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Λ.[6]

The Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked by an obelus.[3] It contains western readings both in text (in John 3:6; 7:29; Luke 24:25) and in its marginal scholia.[4]


The manuscript was examined by Andrew Birch (about 1782). C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Barb. gr. 352), 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 Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 56. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 160. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. 215. 
  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. pp. 129, 138. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  6. ^ 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. 

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