Minuscule 443

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Minuscule 443
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at Cambridge University Library
Size 28 cm by 21.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 443 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 270 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century.[2] It has marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 235 parchment leaves (28 cm by 21.5 cm). The text is written in two columns per page, in 24 lines per page.[2] The columns have size only 17.3 by 5.5 cm.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections, with references to the Eusebian Canons (written below Ammonian Section numbers).[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, the Eusebian Canon tables, prolegomena, lists of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel, Synaxarion, Menologion, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual cluster M159 in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[6]

The Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked with an obelus.[3]


The manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 12th century.[2]

The manuscript once belonged to Anthony Askew (1722-1774) (as codices 438 and 439). It was bought for the University Library in 1775 for ₤20, at the celebrated book-sale of Anthony Askew.[3] The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scholz (1794-1852).[7] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

It is currently housed at the Cambridge University Library (Nn. 2.36) in Cambridge.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 64. 
  2. ^ a b c d Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 73. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 190. 
  4. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894 (2005 reprint)). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 239.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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. ^ 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. 60. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (2005) [1894]. A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1. London. p. 225. 

Further reading[edit]

  • F. H. A. Scrivener, An Exact Transcript of the Codex Augiensis (Cambridge and London, 1859), pp. 35–38.

External links[edit]

  • R. Waltz, Minuscule 443 at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism