Minuscule 50

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Minuscule 50
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 29 cm by 22 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 50 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A232 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century. The manuscript has survived incomplete.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 241 leaves (size 29 cm by 22 cm) with a commentary.[2][3] The text is written in one column per page, 18-26 lines per page. It has considerable lacunae (Matthew 1:1-9.35; 12:3-23; 17:12-24; 25:20-32; John 5:18-21:25).[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 a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections, with references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

The tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel. It contains subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, numbers of στιχοι (in Luke), and pictures. Text of Mark 14:40-16:20 was supplied by a later hand.[5] The text is surrounded by a catena.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Family Kx.[6] Aland placed it in Category V.[7] It was not examined by the Claremont Profile Method.[6]

It contains many unusual readings.[5]


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

In 1636 William Laud presented the manuscript to the Bodleian Library.[4] It was examined by Mill (as Laud. 1) and Griesbach.[5]

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

It is currently housed in at the Bodleian Library (Laud. Gr. 33), 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 Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 140. 
  5. ^ a b c d 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. pp. 53–54. 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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