Codex Basilensis A. N. IV. 4

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Minuscule 2815
New Testament manuscript
NameBasilensis A.N.IV.4
TextActs, Pauline epistles
Date12th century
Now atBasel University Library
Size15 cm x 10 cm
TypeByzantine text-type

Minuscule 2815 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 253 (Soden), formerly labelled as 2ap in all catalogues, but subsequently renumbered by Aland, is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, dated paleographically to the 12th century.[1]


The codex contains a complete text of the Acts of the Apostles, General epistles, and Pauline epistles, 216 parchment leaves (15 by 10 cm). Written in one column per page, 27 lines per page.[1] Written on a parchment in an elegant minuscule. It contains short introduction to the books.[2]

The Greek text of the Gospels is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it as Ib1. Aland placed it in Category V.[3][4] In Pauline epistles text is close to the codices 206, 429, 522 and 1891.

In 1 Corinthians 2:14 it reads πνευματος (omit του θεου) along with Minuscule 216, 255, 330, 440, 451, 823, 1827, and syrp.[5]

In Hebrews 12:20 it has additional reading η βολιδι κατατοξευθησεται.[6]

History of the codex[edit]

The manuscript belonged to the Preaching Friars, then to Amerbach, a printer of Basle.[2]

This codex was used by Desiderius Erasmus in his first edition of his Novum Testamentum (1516). In result its readings became a basis for the Textus Receptus. Erasmus grounded on this copy, and he calls it exemplar mire castigatum. His binder cut off a considerable part of the margin.[2]

It was examined by Mill, Battier, and Wettstein.[2]

NA27 cited it only in 1 Cor 11,23.[7]

The codex is located now at the Basel University Library (Cod. A.N.IV.4), at Basel.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kurt Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des neuen Testaments, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 212.
  2. ^ a b c d F. H. A. Scrivener, A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament (London 1894), Vol. 1, p. 284.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Nestle, Eberhard et Erwin; communiter ediderunt: B. et K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C. M. Martini, B. M. Metzger (2001). Novum Testamentum Graece (27 ed.). Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. p. 714.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ UBS3, p. 583.
  6. ^ NA26, p. 584.
  7. ^ Kurt Aland, "Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum. Locis parallelis evangeliorum apocryphorum et patrum adhibitis edidit", Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1996, p. XXVII.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hermann von Soden, "Die Schriften des Neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte", Verlag von Arthur Glaue, Berlin 1902-1910.
  • C. C. Tarelli, "Erasmus’s Manuscripts of the Gospels", JTS XLIV (1943), 155-162.

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