Minuscule 539

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Minuscule 539
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at University of Michigan
Size 17.3 cm by 12.5 cm
Type ?
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 539 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 141 (in Soden's numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] Scrivener labeled it by number 551. The manuscript is lacunose. It was adapted for liturgical use.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels, on 173 parchment leaves (size 17.3 cm by 12.5 cm), with some lacunae (Matthew 1:1-17; Mark 1:1-14; 3:22-4:10; Luke 1:1-17; John 1:1-46).[3] It is written in one column per page, 29 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numerals are given at the margin, and the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 234 Sections, the last in 16:9), with references to the Eusebian Canons (written at the margin below Ammonian Section numbers).[4][3]

It contains Lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel (defective), and pictures.[4][3]


The Greek text of the codex was not determine as the manuscript is not available. Aland did not place it in any Category.[5]

It was not examined by the Claremont Profile Method.[6]

It lacks the text of Matthew 16:2b–3 (signs of thetimes).[3]

The Lady Burdett-Coutts


In 1864 the manuscript was purchased from a dealer at Janina in Epeiros, by Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814–1906), a philanthropist, together with other Greek manuscripts (among them codices 532-546). They were transported to England in 1870-1871.[3][7]

The manuscript was presented by Burdett-Coutts to Sir Roger Cholmely's School, and was housed at the Highgate (Burdett-Coutts II. 23), in London. It was examined by Scrivener.[3] It was in Sotheby's.

It was added to the list of the New Testament minuscule manuscripts by F. H. A. Scrivener (551) and C. R. Gregory (539).[4] Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

The present location of the codex is unknown.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 67. 
  2. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 78. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 200. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. 254. 
  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. ^ Robert Mathiesen, An Important Greek Manuscript Rediscovered and Redated (Codex Burdett-Coutts III.42), The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 76, No. 1 (Jan., 1983), pp. 131-133.

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