Minuscule 186

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Minuscule 186
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Laurentian Library
Size 28.3 cm by 21.7 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 186 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A129 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Paleographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] It has marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 36 thick parchment leaves (size 28.3 cm by 21.7 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, biblical text in 20 lines per page (size of text 11.6 by 8.5 cm), text of commentary in 48 lines per page (size of commentary 21.9 by 15.8 cm), in brown ink, the capital letters in red.[3]

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 another division, according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 Sections), with references to the Eusebian Canons (written below Ammonian Section numbers).[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canon tables, Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, synaxaria, Menologion, and pictures.[4] The commentary is of Victor's authorship in Mark.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5]

It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[6]


The manuscript was written by Leontius, a calligrapher (see minuscule 208).[4]

It was examined by Bandini, Birch, Scholz, and Burgon. C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Laurentian Library (Plutei. VI. 18), at Florence.[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 K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 58.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 264. 
  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. 217. 
  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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