Minuscule 385

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Minuscule 385
New Testament manuscript
The first page of the Book of Acts; decorated initial 'T'
The first page of the Book of Acts; decorated initial 'T'
Text New Testament (except Gospels) †
Date 1407
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 21.8 cm by 14.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 385 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 506 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Dated by a colophon to the year 1407 (May).[2] The manuscript has no complex context. Formerly it was designated by 60a, 63p, and 29r.


The codex contains the text of the Acts, Pauline epistles, Catholic epistles, and Book of Revelation on 267 paper leaves (21.8 cm by 14.5 cm) with some lacunae (James 1:1-11; Rev 22:2-18.20.21). The text is written in one column per page, in 26 lines per page.[2] The initials and titles in red.

It contains Prolegomena to the Pauline epistles, prolegomena to the Catholic epistles, subscriptions at the end of each book, and numbers of stichoi.[3]

It contains non-biblical matter De proditione Judae homilia of John Chrysostom (folios 225-237v).[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5] In Book of Acts some the Western readings.

In Acts 8:39 instead of πνεῦμα κυρίου (spirit of the Lord) it has unusual textual variant πνεῦμα ἅγιον ἐπέπεσεν ἐπὶ τὸν εὐνοῦχον, ἄγγελος δέ κυρίου ἥρπασεν τὸν Φίλιππον (the Holy Spirit fell on the eunuch, and an angel of the Lord caught up Philip) supported by Codex Alexandrinus and several minuscule manuscripts: 94, 103, 307, 322, 323, 453, 467, 945, 1739, 1765, 1891, 2298, 36a, itp, vg, syrh.[6]


The manuscript was written by Georgios Baiophoros, a scribe, in 1407. It was bound later with Uncial 0121a; the first folio from 0121a was folded in half and used as flyleaves at the front and end of minuscule 385.[4]

The manuscript was examined by Griesbach (Acts 1-8, 1 Peter, 1 John 5, Romans, 1 Cor, 2 Cor 3, Ephesians, Rev) and Scholz. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

The manuscript was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Scholz (1794-1852).[7]

Formerly it was designated by 60a, 63p, and 29r. In 1908 Gregory gave the number 385 to it.[1]

The manuscript is currently housed at the British Library (Harley 5613) in 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. 62. 
  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. 70. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 269. 
  4. ^ a b Harley 5613 at the British Library
  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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  6. ^ Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 26th edition, p. 345; Bruce M. Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart 2001), p. 316.
  7. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 322. 

Further reading[edit]

  • J. J. Griesbach, Symbolae criticae ad supplendas et corrigendas variarum N. T. lectionum collectiones (Halle, 1793), pp. 162-164, 191-212.
  • F. H. A. Scrivener, An Exact Transcript of the Codex Augiensis (Cambridge and London, 1859), p. 72.
  • Cyril E. Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 115, 459.

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