Minuscule 171

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Minuscule 171
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 14th century
Script Greek
Now at Biblioteca Vallicelliana
Size 14.4 cm by 10.9 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 171 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 407 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 14th century.[2] It has complex contents and full marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 254 thick parchment leaves (size 14.4 cm by 10.9 cm).[2] It is written in one column per page, in 20 lines per page (size of column 8.5 by 6.5 cm).[2] The text is written in black ink, the capital letters in red.[3] It is ornamented with silver.

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. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (Mark 236 - 16:12), with references to the Eusebian Canons (written below Ammonian Section numbers).[3]

It contains prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin, αναγνωσεις (lessons), and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[3][4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents cluster Π171 in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[6]


The manuscript was once in the property of Achilles Statius, as also was minuscule 169.[4] It was examined by Bianchini, Birch (about 1782), and Scholz. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana (C. 73.2), 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 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 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. ^ 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. 
  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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