Minuscule 763 (Gregory-Aland)

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Minuscule 763
New Testament manuscript
Text Gospels
Date 14th century
Script Greek
Now at National Library of Greece
Size 21.5 cm by 15 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Minuscule 763 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε539 (von Soden),[1][2] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament written on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 14th century. The manuscript has complex contents.[3][4] Scrivener labelled it as 854e.[5]


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels, on 324 parchment leaves (size 21.5 cm by 15 cm).[3] The text is written in one column per page, 21 lines per page.[3] The texts of Matthew 1:1-13:46; Luke 2:37-5:1 were supplied by a later hand on paper.[1][6]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, but there is no their τιτλοι (titles) at the top of the pages.[6]

It contains tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) with a harmony, lectionary markings at the margin, incipits, αναγνωσεις (lessons), and pictures. Lectionary books with hagiographies Synaxarion and Menologion were added by a 15th-century hand.[5][6]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr. Aland placed it in Category V.[7]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kr in Luke 1 and Luke 20. In Luke 10 no profile was made. It creates textual cluster 763.[8]

The text of the Pericope Adutlerae (John 7:53-8:11) is marked by an obelus.[6]


Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 15th century;[5] Gregory dated the manuscript to the 14th century.[6] The manuscript is currently dated by the INTF to the 14th century.[4]

In 1843 the manuscript was brought from the monastery of St. George in Locris to Athens, along with 762.[6]

It was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (854)[5] and Gregory (763). Gregory saw the manuscript in 1886.[6]

The manuscript is now housed at the National Library of Greece (156) in Athens.[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. 209.
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 74. 
  3. ^ a b c d Aland, K.; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 92. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Handschriftenliste at the Münster Institute
  5. ^ a b c d 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. 274. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. pp. 219–220. 
  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. 

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