Minuscule 547

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Minuscule 547
New Testament manuscript
Text New Testament (except Revelation)
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Found 1837, Robert Curzon
Now at British Library
Size 23 cm by 16.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 547 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 157 (in the Soden numbering),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] Scrivener labelled it by number 534.


The codex contains the text of the New Testament (except Book of Revelation) on 348 parchment leaves (size 23 cm by 16.5 cm), with one lacuna (John 16:27-19:40). The text is written in one column per page, 31 lines per page.[2]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given the at the margin, and the τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. The text of the Gospels has also a division according to the Ammonian Sections, (no references to the Eusebian Canons).[3][4]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each, αναγνωσεις (liturgical notes), subscriptions at the end of each book with numbers of στιχοι, Synaxarion, Menologion, and Euthalian apparatus.[3][4] The usual arabesque ornaments are in red.[4]

The order of books: Gospels, Acts, Pauline epistles, and Catholic epistles.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden included it to the textual family Krx.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20. It creates cluster with the codex 147.[5]

The Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked with an obelus.[3]


Formerly the manuscript was held in the Karakalou monastery at Athos peninsula. In 1837 Robert Curzon, Lord Zouche, brought this manuscript to England (along with the codices 549-552).[3][4] The entire collection of Curzon was bequeathed by his daughter in 1917 to the British Museum, where it had been deposited, by his son, since 1876.[7]

The manuscript was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (534) and Gregory (547).[4] It was examined by Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener, Dean Burgon, and C.R. Gregory.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library, London (Additional Manuscripts, 39590).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 67. 
  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. 79. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig. p. 201. 
  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. 252. 
  5. ^ 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. 62. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  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. ^ Heike Behlmer, ... `As Safe as in the British Museum`: Paul de Lagarde and His Borrowing of Manuscripts from the Collection of Robert Curzon The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology Vol. 89, (2003), pp. 231-238.

Further reading[edit]

  • S. Emmel, Catalogue of Materials for Writing, Early Writings on Tablets and Stones, rolled and other Manuscripts and Oriental Manuscript Books, in the Library of the Honourable Robert Curzon (London 1849).

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