Minuscule 37

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Minuscule 37
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at National Library of France
Size 31 cm by 24 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 37 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A154 (Von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, written on vellum. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels on 357 parchment leaves (31 cm by 24 cm).[2][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. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233, 16:8), with references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

It contains the Eusebian tables, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents), prolegomena, pictures, with short scholia, commentary of Victorinus to the Gospel of Mark, synaxaria, and pictures.[5][4]

The pericope John 7:53-8:11 is placed at the end; in John 8:6 it used textual variant μη προσποιουμενος.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[6] It was not examined by the Claremont Profile Method.[7]

In Luke 16:19 the manuscript has scholion on a margin of uncertain date ευρον δε τινες και του πλουσιου εν τισιν αντιγραφοις τουνομα Νινευης λεγομενον. The same scholion has manuscript 36.[8] Currently we have only one Greek manuscript with textual variant ονοματι Ν[ιν]ευης (with the name N[in]eue) in Luke 16:19 - Papyrus 75. This reading has also Sahidic version.[9]


The manuscript was dated to the 11th or to the 12th century.[4] Currently it has been assigned by the INTF to the 11th century.[2][3]

The manuscript was examined and described by Montfaucon, Wettstein, Scholz, and Paulin Martin.[10]

It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Wettstein. C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1885.[4]

It is currently housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Coislin Gr. 21) at Paris.[2]

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 K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 49.
  3. ^ a b "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 137. 
  5. ^ 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. 196. 
  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. 138. 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. 
  8. ^ Bruce M. Metzger, The Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Transmission and Limitations, Clarendon Press: Oxford 1977, p. 136.
  9. ^ Philip Comfort, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (2001), p. 551.
  10. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin, Description technique des manuscrits grecs, relatif au Nouveau Testament, conservé dans les bibliothèques des Paris (Paris 1883), p. 47

Further reading[edit]

  • Herman C. Hoskier, Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse 1 (London, 1929), pp. 32–33.