Minuscule 53

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Minuscule 53
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th/14th century
Script Greek
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 15.5 cm by 11.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Hand beautifully written

Minuscule 53 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 444 (Von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th or 14th century.[2][3] It has marginalia.


The codex contains complete text of the four Gospels on 140 leaves (size 15.5 cm by 11.5 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 29-33 lines per page. The initial letters in red ink. The manuscript is beautifully written.[4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, with the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is no a division according to the Ammonian Sections with references to the Eusebian Canons are absent.[4]

It contains Prolegomena, and subscriptions at the end of each Gospel.[5][4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents Kx text in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made. It creates textual pair with 902.[7]

Textually it is close to Minuscule 271.


The name of scribe was probably Nicholaus (?). The manuscript was examined by John Mill (Selden 1).[4] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[4]

It is currently housed in at the Bodleian Library (Selden Supra 28), at Oxford.[2]

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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. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 140–141. 
  5. ^ 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. 198. 
  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. 138. 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. 54. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

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