Minuscule 241

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Minuscule 241
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Dresdensis
Text New Testament
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Saxon State Library
Size 22.5 cm by 17 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category none
Hand beautifully written

Minuscule 241 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 507 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] Formerly it was labelled by 241e, 104a, 120p, and 47r.[3]


The codex contains entire the text of the New Testament, on 353 parchment leaves (size 22.5 cm by 17 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 31 lines per page.[2][4] The order of books: Gospels, Acts, Pauline epistles, Catholic epistles, and Book of Revelation.[5] It is beautifully written.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, with the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages.[5]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each biblical book, Synaxarion, and Menologion.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type.[6] The text contains a rare readings.[3] Kurt Aland did not place it in any Category.[7] It was not examined by the Claremont Profile Method.[8]

In 1 John 5:6 it has textual variant δι υδατος και πνευματος together with the manuscripts 43, 463, 945, 1241, 1831, 1877, 1891.[9][n 1]


The manuscript was bought by Alexius for 52 aspri in 1453 in Constantinople. Pachonius, a monk sent it in 1616, along with other books to the monastery Dochiarii at Mount Athos.[5] It was brought to Moscow, by the monk Arsenius, on the suggestion of the Patriarch Nikon, in the reign of Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov (1645-1676). The manuscript was collated by C. F. Matthaei.[10] In 1788 it was bought for the library in Dresden.[5] It was examined by Matthaei, Tregelles, Gebhardt, and Gregory.[5] Herman C. Hoskier collated its text (only for Apocalypse).

The manuscript came to Dresden at the end of the 18th century and was housed at the Sächsische Landesbibliothek (A 172).[2][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ For the other textual variants of this verse see: Textual variants in the First Epistle of John.


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 56. 
  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. 61.
  3. ^ a b c 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. 223–224. 
  4. ^ a b "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 171. 
  6. ^ David Alan Black, New Testament Textual Criticism, Baker Books, 2006, p. 64.
  7. ^ 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. 132, 138. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  8. ^ 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. 57. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  9. ^ UBS3, p. 823.
  10. ^ 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. 223. 

Further reading[edit]

  • C. F. Matthei, Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine (Riga, 1782-1788). (as k)
  • Herman C. Hoskier, Concernig the Text of the Apocalypse (London, 1929), vol. 1, pp. 133-137.

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