Minuscule 497

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Minuscule 497
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th-century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 15.7 cm by 12.3 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Hand very small hand

Minuscule 497 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1125 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th-century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 583.[3] The manuscript has marginalia. It has survived in complete condition.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels on 184 parchment leaves (size 15.7 cm by 12.3 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 22-23 lines per page, in very small hand.[3]

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

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian tables, prolegomena, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, and pictures (portrait of John, the Evangelist, and Prochorus, his scribe).[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 family Kx in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[6]


It is dated by the INTF to the 11th-century.[2]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (583) and C. R. Gregory (497). It was examined by Scrivener and Bloomfield.[4]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 16943) in London.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 66. 
  2. ^ a b c Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 76. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ 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. 258. 
  4. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 196. 
  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. 61. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

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