Minuscule 501

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Minuscule 501
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th-century
Script Greek
Found 1834
Now at British Library
Size 24.2 cm by 19.2 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note full marginalia

Minuscule 501 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), 588 (in the Scrivener's numbering), ε 324 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th-century.[2] The manuscript was adapted for liturgical use. It is lacunose.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 157 parchment leaves (size 24.2 cm by 19.2 cm) with some lacunae (Luke 9:14-17:3; 21:15-24:53; John 1:1-18). Some texts were supplied by a later hand (Matthew 1:1-20; Mark 1:1-16; Luke 1:1-20; John 1:38-4:5).[3][4]

The text is written in one column per page, 23 lines per page.[2] The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numerals are given at the margin, and some τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 sections - the last in 16:19), (without references to the Eusebian Canons).[3]

The tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before every Gospel, and lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use).[3][4]

It lacks the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) and phrase εγω ουπω αναβαινω εις την εορτην ταυτην in John 7:8. The Pericope Adulterae was added by a later hand.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it as a member of the textual family Kx.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] 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.[5]


It is dated by the INTF to the 13th-century.[2]

The manuscript came from Patmos. In 1834 Borrell presented it to his friend, English chaplain in Smyrna, F. V. J. Arundell. Bloomfield bought it in an auction in 1850.[3]

Arundell compares it with Codex Ebnerianus, which it very slightly resembles, being larger and far less elegant.[7]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (588) and C. R. Gregory (501). It was examined by Bloomfield, Scrivener, and Gregory (in 1883).[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 18211) 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 d 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 c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 196. 
  4. ^ 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. 259. 
  5. ^ 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. 61. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ F. V. J. Arundell, Discoveries in Asia Minor (London 1834), vol. II, p. 268.

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