Minuscule 505

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Minuscule 505
New Testament manuscript
Harleian 5538, folio 174.jpg
Name Beginning of the Gospel of John, with the decorated headpiece
Text Gospels
Date 12th-century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 12.5 cm by 9.2 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note incomplete marginalia

Minuscule 505 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 248 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th-century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 567. The manuscript has complex contents. It was adapted for liturgical use.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels on 226 parchment leaves (size 12.5 cm by 9.2 cm),[2] with 3 modern paper fly-leaves.[3] It is written in one column per page, 23 lines per page.[4] The text is divided according to the Ammonian Sections, (no references to the Eusebian Canons). It contains lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use).[4][5]

Headpieces ornamented with geometric and foliate decoration, titles are written in uncials in colours (folios 1, 65, 105, 174). Decorated initial letters in red.[3] The manuscript was decorated by two artists.[4] The first artist decorated folio 1, a second artist decorated folios 65, 105 and 174 (see image). The text has not liturgical signs.[3]


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


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 14th-century,[4] Gregory dated it to the 12th-century.[5] Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 12th-century.[2]

According to the inscription on folio 64 verso It was once in Genoa. It belonged to John Gibson, a dealer, who sold it for Edward Harley in 1733.[3]

The manuscript was examined by Scholz and wrongly classified by him as Evangelistarium with the number 149 on his list. The manuscript was examined by Scrivener and Gregory.[5] The manuscript was rebound in 1962.[3]

It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (567) and C. R. Gregory (505).[4] Gregory saw it in 1883.[5]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Harley 5538) in London.[2]

See also[edit]


  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. 77. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Harleian 5538 at the British Library
  4. ^ a b c d e Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 256. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchahndlung. 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. 61. 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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808–12), III (1808), no. 5538.
  • Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1999- ), I, p. 103 [with further bibliography].

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