Minuscule 169

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Minuscule 169
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Vallicellianus B
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Biblioteca Vallicelliana
Size 12 cm by 10 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 169 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 305 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] It has marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 252 parchment leaves (size 12 cm by 10 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, in 19 lines per page,[2] in light-brown ink. The large initial letters are written in 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 of the pages. There is also the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 sections, the last section in 16:8), with references to the Eusebian Canons (written below Ammonian Section mnumbers).[3]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, synaxaria, Menologion, and pictures.[4][3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. According to Hermann von Soden it is related to the Byzantine commentated text (Ak).[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20, with some relationship to cluster 1442. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[5]

The pericope Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is omitted.[3]


The manuscript was once in the property of Achilles Statius, as also was minuscule 171.[4]

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

It is currently housed at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana (B. 133), at Rome.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 54. 
  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. 57.
  3. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 162. 
  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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • G. Bianchini, Evangeliarium quadruplex latinae versionis antiquae (Rome 1749), Teil 1, Bd. 2, S .530f.

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