Minuscule 597

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Minuscule 597
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 13th century
Script Greek
Now at Biblioteca Marciana
Size 16.7 cm by 12.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 597 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 340 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 13th century.[2] The manuscript has complex contents. It was labeled by Scrivener as 464.[3]


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 259 parchment leaves (size 16.7 cm by 12.5 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 20-21 lines per page.[2] The lists of the κεφαλαια (chapters) are placed before each Gospel, numerals of the κεφαλαια are given at the left margin, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top. It contains lectionary markings, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, and numbers of στιχοι were added by a later had.[4]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. According to Scrivener it has remarkable readings,[4] but Hermann von Soden classified it as Kx.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] According to the Wisse's Profile Method it represents textual group 291 in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[5]


Formerly it was held in "Archivo" in Venice. The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. Dean Burgon collated 16 chapters in the several Gospels. Gregory saw it in 1886.[4]

The manuscript currently is housed at the Biblioteca Marciana (Gr. I,59 (1277)), at Venice.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 69. 
  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. 82.
  3. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 243. 
  4. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 206. 
  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. 64. 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. 

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