|New Testament manuscript|
|Now at||British Library, Egerton 2610|
|Size||14.8 cm by 11.7 cm|
|Note||numerous unique readings|
Minuscule 700 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 133 (Soden), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the Gospels. Formerly it was labelled as 604 in all catalogues (Scrivener, Hoskier), Gregory gave the number 700 to it. It is dated palaeographically to the 11th century.
The codex contains a complete text of the Gospels on 297 parchment leaves (14.8 cm by 11.7 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 19 lines per page in minuscule letters. The initial letters are in gold. Simple headpieces and tailpieces are in gold.
The text of the Gospels is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are placed at the margin of the text. The τιτλοι (titles) of the κεφαλαια are given at the top of pages. Lists of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) are placed before each Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke). There is also a division into smaller sections, the Ammonian sections with references to the Eusebian Canons.This is done in Gospel of John very rarely.
It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian Canon tables at the beginning of the codex, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, illustrations of the evangelists, lectionary markings at the margin in gold. It lacks Mark 11:26.
It contains, together with minuscule 162, the remarkable reading in Gospel of Luke 11:2: ἐλθέτω τὸ πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἅγιον ἐφ' ἡμᾶς καὶ καθαρισάτω ἡμᾶς ("May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us"), instead of ελθετω η βασιλεια σου ("May your kingdom come") in the Lord's Prayer. This peculiar reading does not appear in any other manuscript, but it was derived from very old archetype, because it is present in the Marcion's text of the third Gospel and is also attested by the church father Gregory of Nyssa. In Luke 11:4 the phrase αλλα ρυσαι ημας απο του πονηρου (but deliver us from evil) is omitted. This omission is supported by the manuscripts: Sinaiticus, B, L, f1 vg syrs copsa, bo, arm geo.
In Mark 5:9 it has απεκριθη λεγων as in codices E, 565. The other manuscripts have:
- λεγιων ονομα μοι — א, B, C, L, Δ
- απεκριτη — D
- λεγεων — A, W, Θ, f1, f13, Byz
In Mark 10:19 — the phrase μη αποστερησης is omitted (as in codices B, K, W, Ψ, f1, f13, 28, 1010, 1079, 1242, 1546, 2148, ℓ 10, ℓ 950, ℓ 1642, ℓ 1761, syrs, arm, geo. This omission is typical for the manuscript of the Caesarean text-type.
In John 8:8 it contains, together with U (030), 73, 331, 364, 658, 782, 1592 and some Armenian manuscripts, the unique addition ενος εκαστου αυτων τας αμαρτιας. This textual variant have also some Latin manuscripts. 652 has this variant on the margin added by a later hand. Minuscule 264 has this variant in John 8:6.
The author of the codex is unknown. Probably it was written in Constantinople.
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- Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs. p. 214.
- 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. 261.
- Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 26th edition, p. 128. [NA26]
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- 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.
- Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman, The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 90.
- Helmut Koester, Introduction to the New Testament, New York: Walter de Gruyter 1995, p. 31.
- UBS3, p. 256.
- Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 26th edition, p. 102. [NA26]
- UBS3, p. 165.
- NA26, p. 170.
- NA26, p. 274
- NA26, p. 274; UBS3, p. 357.
- Herman C. Hoskier, A Full Account and Collation of the Greek Cursive Codex Evangelium 604, London 1890.
- Minuscule 700 at the British Library
- Simcox, W. H., Collation of the British Museum MS Evan. 604, American Journal of Philology, Vol. 5, No. 4 (1884), pp. 454-465
- F. H. A. Scrivener, Adversaria critica sacra (Cambridge, 1893).
- W. H. Simcox, American Journal of Philology V, 4 (Baltimore, 1884), pp. 454–465.
- Herman C. Hoskier, A Full Account and Collation of the Greek Cursive Codex Evangelium 604, London, 1890.
- Burnett Hillman Streeter, The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins (MacMillan, 1924).
- Bruce M. Metzger, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible: An Introduction to Palaeography, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1981, p. 122.
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