Minuscule 162

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Minuscule 162
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Barberinianus 11
Text Gospels
Date 1153
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 23.4 cm by 17 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note remarkable reading in Luke 11:2

Minuscule 162 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 214 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. It is dated by a colophon to the year 1153.[2] It has marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 248 parchment leaves (size 23.4 cm by 17 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, in 23 lines per page,[2] in black ink, the capital letters in red.[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 of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 240, the last section in 16:19), (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, the Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning, pictures, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family I (established by Pamphilus in Caesarea about 300 A.D.).[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 it has mixture of the Byzantine families.[5]

In Luke 11:2 it contains the very same remarkable reading than minuscule 700: ἐλθέτω σου τὸ πνεῦμά τὸ ἅγιον καὶ καθαρισάτω ἡμᾶς ("May your Holy Spirit come and cleanse us"), instead of "May your Kingdom come" in the Lord's Prayer.[7]


According to the colophon it was written 13 May 1153 by Presbyter Manuel.[4]

It was slightly examined by Birch (about 1782) and Scholz (1794–1852). C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Barb. gr. 449), 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. 54. 
  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 Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 161. 
  4. ^ 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. 215. 
  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. p. 56. 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. 
  7. ^ Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 90.

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