Minuscule 64

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Minuscule 64
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at Schøyen Collection
Size 11.5 cm by 8 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category none
Note full marginalia

Minuscule 64 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1287 (von Soden),[1] formerly known as Ussher 2, is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century.[2] The manuscript has complex contents and full marginalia.


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 443 leaves (size 11.5 cm by 8 cm). The text is written in one columns per page, 18 lines per page.[2] The initial letters are written in gold.[3]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers 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 241 sections, the last in 16:20), with references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), and synaxaria.[3][4] Subscriptions with numbers of Verses were added by a later hand.[3]

The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland did not place it in any Category.[5] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual cluster 121 in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[6]


The manuscript once belonged to Thomas Goade († 1638), then to James Ussher. In 1702 it was presented together with minuscule 61 and 63 to Trinity College in Dublin (along with the codices 61 and 63).[3] Then towards to the end of the 17th century it belonged to one John Jones.[4] In 1880 Dean Burgon found the manuscript in the library of the Marquis of Bute (Marquess of Bute, Ms. 82 G. 18/19).[4] It was collated, like 63, by Dodwell, used by Brian Walton in his Polyglotte (as Em), used by Mill (as Usser. 2).[4] C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[3]

It is currently housed at the Schøyen Collection (Ms 230), at Oslo.[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. 50.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. pp. 143–144. 
  4. ^ a b c d 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. 201. 
  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. 138. 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. pp. 54, 110. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

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