Minuscule 49

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Minuscule 49
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Found 1628, Thomas Roe
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 14.5 cm by 11 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note full marginalia

Minuscule 49 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 155 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Paleographically it has been assigned to the 12th century. It has complex contents and full marginalia.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels on 223 parchment leaves (size 14.5 cm by 11 cm14.5 cm by 11 cm). The text is written stichometrically in one column per page, 26-27 lines per page.[2][3] After the biblical text followed "Historia tripartita" of Cassiodorus in Lombards language.[4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numerals are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages. There is also another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections, with some references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

It contains the Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning of the manuscript, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary equipment at the margin (for liturgical use), subscriptions at the end of the Gospels, and numbers of στιχοι to the Gospel of Luke.[5][4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kx.[6] Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[7] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual family Family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 10. In Luke 20 it represents family Πa.[6]


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

The manuscript was brought from Turkey about 1628 together with Codex Alexandrinus, by the English ambassador at the court of Sultan, Sir Thomas Roe.[5] It was examined by John Mill (as Roe 1).[4]

It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by J. J. Wettstein. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[4]

Since 1628 it is housed at the Bodleian Library (Roe 1), at Oxford.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 50. 
  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 c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 140. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 197. 
  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. 53. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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