Minuscule 643

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Minuscule 643
New Testament manuscript
Text Catholic epistles
Date 12th/13th century
Script Greek
Now at British Library
Size 37.7 cm by 26.5 cm
Type ?
Category none
Hand elegantly written

Minuscule 643 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 1402 (von Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th or the 13th century. The manuscript is lacunose.[2] Gregory labelled it by 219a, Scrivener labelled it by 225a.[3][4]


The codex contains the text of the Catholic epistles except Epistle of Jude on 15 paper leaves (size 37.7 cm by 26.5 cm) with some lacunae (Acts 4:15-32; Ephesians 6:21-24; Hebrews 13:24-25). The text is written in one column per page, 28-32 lines per page,[2] by an elegant hand.

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each book, numerals of the κεφαλαια at the margin, the τιτλοι at the top, lectionary markings, subscriptions at the end of each book, and numbers of stichoi. It has a space on the margin for a commentary.[3]

The order of books: Epistle of James, 1-2 Epistles of Peter, 1-3 Epistles of John.[3]

The same manuscript contains Homilies of St. Chrysostom from the Galatians to the Hebrews.[5]


Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[6]

According to Scrivener it has important variations (James 1:5.25; 3:3.14).[5]


The manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 12th/13th century.[7]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (225a) and Gregory (219a). C. R. Gregory saw the manuscript in 1883.[3] In 1908 Gregory gave the number 643 to it.[1]

The manuscript currently is housed at the British Library (Burney 48, Bd. II, fol. 230-244), at London.[2][7]

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  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 70. 
  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. 85.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. pp. 281–282. 
  4. ^ 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. 300. 
  5. ^ a b F. H. A. Scrivener, An Exact Transcript of the Codex Augiensis (Cambridge and London, 1859), p. LXIII
  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. 133, 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  7. ^ a b Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute

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