Minuscule 55

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Minuscule 55
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 14th century
Script Greek
Now at Bodleian Library
Size 19.5 cm by 14 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note member of the Kr group

Minuscule 55 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 349 (Von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 14th century.[2][3] The manuscript has complex contents and some marginalia. It was adapted for liturgical use.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 349 parchment leaves (size 19.5 cm by 14 cm).[2] The text is written in one column per page, 21 lines per page. The capital letters in red.[4] The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin.[5]

It has Prolegomena to Matthew, lists of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel, lectionary equipment on the margin (incipits), αναγνωσεις (lessons), liturgical books with hagiographies (synaxaria and Menologion), subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, with numbers of stichoi, and beautiful pictures.[5]

The manuscript containing also text Judges 6:1-24.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[6] Aland placed it in Category V.[7] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Family Kr in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made.[6]


The manuscript was written by Γροιγοριου ιερομοναχου.

The manuscript was examined by Mill (as Selden 3), Grabe,[8] Scholz, Tischendorf, and C. R. Gregory in 1883.[4]

It is currently housed in at the Bodleian Library (Selden Supra 6), 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 Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 141. 
  5. ^ 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. 198. 
  6. ^ 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. 54, 92. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ John Ernest Grabe, Septuaginta interpretum. tomus 1. Continens Octateuchum; quem Ex antiquissimo MS. Codice Alexandrino accurate descriptum, Oxford 1707

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