Minuscule 19

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Minuscule 19
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th-century
Script Greek
Now at National Library of France
Size 32 cm by 23.6 cm
Type mixed
Category none
Hand beautifully written
Note marginalia

Minuscule 19 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A214 (Von Soden).[1] It is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on 387 parchment leaves, dated palaeographically to the 12th-century. It has complex contents and marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 387 thick parchment leaves (32 cm by 23.6 cm).[2][3] The order of books is unusual: John, Matthew, Luke, and Mark.[4] The same order appears in Minuscule 427, 734, Tertullian, and Chrysostom.

The biblical text is surrounded by a catena.[2] In Mark it has Victor's commentary, in John Chrysostomos's commentary. The large initial letters are in red.[4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numerals are given at the margin, with the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top and foot of the pages (with the harmony). There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections, with references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

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

It has the commentary of Victor in Mark, catena of Chrysostomos in John, and scholia to the other Gospels.[5]


Kurt Aland did not place the Greek text of the codex in any Category.[6]

It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[7]


The manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 12th-century.[2][3]

Formerly the codex was in the hands of Catherine de' Medici. It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Wettstein (19). It was examined by Scholz.[5] C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1885.[4]

It is currently housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gr. 189) at Paris.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 49. 
  2. ^ a b c d Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments (2 ed.). Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 48. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung. p. 133. 
  5. ^ 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. 193. 
  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. pp. 129, 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  7. ^ 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. 53. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4.