Minuscule 520

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Minuscule 520
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at Christ Church, Oxford
Size 11.8 cm by 8.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Hand beautiful copy
Note marginalia incomplete

Minuscule 520 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 264 (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 506. The manuscript has complex contents.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels on 213 parchment leaves (size 11.8 cm by 8.5 cm). It is written in one column per page, 22-23 lines per page.[2] The tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel, but there are no numbers of the κεφαλαια (chapters) and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters).[3][4]

It contains lectionary markings at the margin (in red), incipits, αναγνωσεις (lessons), Synaxarion, Menologion, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel. There is no division according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), or Ammonian Sections, and no references to the Eusebian Canons.[3][4] It is a beautiful little copy.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5] It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[6]


In 1727 the manuscript came from Constantinople to England and was presented to archbishop of Canterbury, William Wake, together with the manuscripts 73, 74, 506-519. Wake presented it to the Christ Church College in Oxford.[7]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament minuscule manuscripts by F. H. A. Scrivener (506) and C. R. Gregory (520).[4] Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

It is currently housed at the Christ Church (Wake 40) 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 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. 77. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 198. 
  4. ^ 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. 248. 
  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. 62. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 197. 

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