Minuscule 322

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Minuscule 322
New Testament manuscript
The first page of the codex; initial 'T' with geometric and decoration.
The first page of the codex; initial 'T' with geometric and decoration.
Name Cod. Harleianus 5620
Text Acts, Paul
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Found John Covel
Now at British Library
Size 21 cm by 15 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category II, III

Minuscule 322 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 550 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th century.[2] Formerly it was labelled by 27a and 33p.[3]


The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles on 134 paper leaves (21 cm by 15 cm). The text is written in one column per page, in 22 lines per page.[2] There are no chapter divisions made by prima manu, the writing is small, and abbreviated.[4]

It has decorated headpieces and initial letters.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland assigned it to Category II in Catholic epistles, and to Category III elsewhere. Textually it is very close to the codex 323 (sister manuscript).[6]

In Acts 8:39 it has addition αγιον επεπεσεν επι τον ευνουχον, αγγελος δε (holy fell on the eunuch, and an angel). This reading is supported by the manuscripts Codex Alexandrinus, 323, 453, 945, 1739, 1891, 2818 and several others.[7][8]


The manuscript belonged to John Drakos in 1654. John Covel (1637-1722), British chaplain in Constantinople, purchased it in Adrianopol in 1675 (together with codex 321).[4] It later belonged to Robert Harley. In 1753 it was purchased with all of his collection by the British Museum.[5]

Formerly it was labelled by 27a and 33p.[3] In 1908 Gregory gave the number 322 to it.[1]

It was examined by Mill, Griesbach,[9] and Bloomfeld. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

The manuscript is currently housed at the British Library (Harley 5620) at London.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 59. 
  2. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 66. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 265. 
  4. ^ a b Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 286. 
  5. ^ a b Harleian 5620 at the British Library
  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. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  7. ^ Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 26th edition, p. 345.
  8. ^ Bruce M. Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart 2001), p. 316.
  9. ^ J. J. Griesbach, Symbolae critique, pp. 151-153, 184.

Further reading[edit]

  • W. J. Elliott, "The Relationship between mss 322 and 323 of the Greek New Testament", Journal of Theological Studies 18 (1967): 423-25.
  • Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 116, 460.

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