Minuscule 444

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Minuscule 444
New Testament manuscript
The first page of Mark
The first page of Mark
Text New Testament (except Rev.)
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 26 cm by 19.5 cm
Type Byzantine
Category none

Minuscule 444 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 551 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th century.[2]


The codex contains the text of the New Testament except Book of Revelation on 324 parchment leaves (26 cm by 19.5 cm).[2] The order of books: Gospels (ff. 1-154), Acts, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles.[3]

The text is written in one column per page, in 25-30 lines per page.[2]

The lists of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each book. It contains the τιτλοι (titles) at the top, lectionary equipment at the margin, subscriptions at the end of books, στιχοι, Synaxarion, Menologion, and scholia.[4]


Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[5] Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual cluster M1326 in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made. To the cluster M1326 belong manuscripts: minuscule 191, 1326, 1396, 2521. The cluster is related to the cluster M106.[6]


The manuscript was dated by Scrivener and Gregory to the 15th century. Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 15th century.[2]

The manuscript came from the Athos (probably). It was bought in 1537 by one Greek man for 500 asper. Bernard Mould bought it in 1722 in Smyrna. It was sold to Edward Harley on 28 July 1725. After his death it was bought for British Museum in 1753.[7]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scholz (1794-1852).[8] Scholz examined Matthew 5. C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1883.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Harley 5796) in London.[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 e 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 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. ^ a b 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. ^ Harleian 5796 at the British Library
  8. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (2005) [1894]. A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 225. 

Further reading[edit]

  • William H. P. Hatch, Facsimiles and Descriptions of Minuscule Manuscripts of the New Testament (Cambridge, MASS.: Harvard University Press, 1951), pl. lxxxviii.
  • 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. 246, 462.
  • Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 196.

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