Minuscule 517

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Minuscule 517
New Testament manuscript
TextNew Testament
Date11th/12th century
Now atChrist Church, Oxford
Size25.5 cm by 19.5 cm
Notefull marginalia

Minuscule 517 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 167 α 214 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on parchment. It has been palaeographically dated to the 11th or 12th century.[2] Scrivener labeled it by number 503. The manuscript is lacunose. It was adapted for liturgical use.


The codex contains the text of the New Testament on 201 parchment leaves (size 25.5 cm by 19.5 cm) with major lacunae (Acts 1:1-17:24; 18:13-28:31; 1 John 3:9-4:9; Hebrews 7:26-9:28; Luke 2:15-46; 6:42-24:53; entire Gospel of John), and originally would've contained the entire New Testament. Some lacunae were supplied by a later hand.[3] It is written one column per page, 29-31 lines per page.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, with the τιτλοι (chapter titles) written at the top of the pages. The Gospel Text is also divided according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 234 Sections - the last section in 16:9), but has no references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains prolegomena to all epistles; the tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel; lectionary markings are in the margin (for liturgical use), along with the Euthalian Apparatus.[4][3]

It has an unusual order of books: Acts, Catholic Epistles, Apocalypse, Pauline Epistles, and Gospels.[3]

The manuscript has 10 cases of homoeoteleuton, 196 cases of movable nu (often with nouns), and 106 itacisms.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a mixture of the text-types. Aland did not place it in any category.[6]

According to the Claremont Profile Method, it represents textual cluster 1675 in Luke 1 as a core member. In Luke 10 and Luke 20 manuscript is defective.[7]


In 1727 the manuscript came from Constantinople to England, and was presented to archbishop of Canterbury, William Wake, together with minuscules 73, 74, and 506-520. Wake presented it to Christ Church College in Oxford.[3]

The manuscript was collated by F. H. A. Scrivener, and was added by him to the list of New Testament minuscule manuscripts (503).[4] C. R. Gregory gave it the number 517.[3]

Herman C. Hoskier collated the text of the Apocalypse.

It is currently housed at Christ Church (Wake 34) in Oxford.[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 Aland, Kurt; 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 f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 198.
  4. ^ a b Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (4th ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. pp. 247–248.
  5. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose (2010) [First published 1893]. Adversaria Critica Sacra. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. XXXVII. ISBN 9781108007481.
  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. ^ 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. 62. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4.

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