Minuscule 258

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Minuscule 258
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Dresdensis
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Dresden
Size 21.2 cm by 16.5 cm
Category none
Hand barbarously written

Minuscule 258 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 388 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Paleographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 168 parchment leaves (21.2 cm by 16.5 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 27-28 lines per page.[2]

According to Scrivener it is barbarously written.[3]

It contains lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), Synaxarion, and pictures. The biblical text is surrounded by a commentary (catena).[4]


Aland did not place its text in any Category.[5] It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[6]

Matthew 1:11

It reads Ιωσιας δε εγεννησεν τον Ιωακειμ, Ιωακειμ δε εγεννησεν τον Ιεχονιαν instead of Ιωσιας δε εγεννησεν τον Ιεχονιαν. The reading is supported by Codex Campianus, Codex Koridethi, f1, 33, 478, 661, 791, 954, 1216, 1230, 1354, 1604, 54.[7]


Formerly the manuscript was held at the monastery at Athos peninsula. 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 Dassdorf for C. F. Matthaei.[3] It was bought for the library in Dresden.

It was examined by Tregelles. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1880.[4]

The manuscript is currently housed at the Saxon State Library (A. 123) at Dresden.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 57. 
  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. 62
  3. ^ 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. 225.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Scrivener" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 172. 
  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. 57. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ NA26, p. 2; UBS3, p. 2.

Further reading[edit]

  • C. F. Matthei, Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine, (Riga, 1782-1788).

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