Minuscule 746 (Gregory-Aland)

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Minuscule 746
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Bibliothèque nationale de France
Size 27 cm by 20 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Note commentary

Minuscule 746 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A120 (von Soden),[1][2] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament written on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century. The manuscript has complex contents.[3][4] Scrivener labelled it as 740e.[5]


The codex contains a complete text of the four Gospels on 396 parchment leaves (size 27 cm by 20 cm).[3] The text is written in one column per page, 27 lines per page for biblical text, and 52 lines per page for a commentary's text.[6]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles) at the top. There is also another division according to the smaller Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 sections), with a references to the Eusebian Canons.[6]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Eusebian tables, Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια before each Gospel, and subscriptions. αναγνωσεις (lessons) were added by a later hand.[6]

It has a commentary of Theophylact.[6]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[7]

It was not examined by using the Claremont Profile Method.[8]

The text of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is omitted. According to Scrivener the leaf probably lost.[5]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 10th century,[5] Martin to the 10th century; Gregory dated it to the 11th century.[6] The manuscript is currently dated by the INTF to the 11th century.[4]

The manuscript came from Athos.[1]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (740) and Gregory (746). It was examined and described by Paulin Martin.[9] Gregory saw the manuscript in 1885.[6]

The manuscript is now housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Suppl. Gr. 611) in Paris.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte (Berlin 1902), vol. 1, p. 251.
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 74. 
  3. ^ a b c Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 91. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  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. 264. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 269. 
  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. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  8. ^ 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. 65. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  9. ^ Jean-Pierre-Paul Martin, Description technique des manuscrits grecs, relatif au N. T., conservé dans les bibliothèques des Paris (Paris 1883), p. 89

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