Minuscule 83

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Minuscule 83
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Monacensis 518
Text Gospels
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Bavarian State Library
Size 21.4 cm by 16.6 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V
Hand beautifully written
Note member of Kr

Minuscule 83 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 1218 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] It was adapted for liturgical use. It has marginalia.


The codex contains the complete text of the four Gospels, with a commentary, on 321 leaves (size 21.4 cm by 16.5 cm). The text is written stichometrically in one column per page, 20-21 lines per page (size of text 13.6 by 9.5 cm),[2][3] in beautiful letters.[4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, but there is no τιτλοι.[3]

It contains prolegomena, lists of the κεφαλαια (lists of contents) before every Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical use), αναγνωσεις (lessons), synaxaria, Menologion, subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, and numbers of στιχοι.[3][4]

The passage of John 7:53-8:11 is marked with an obelus (÷).[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[5] Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[6] According to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual family Kr in Luke 1, 10, and 20.[6]


Formerly the manuscript was held in Augsburg (as codices 84 and 85). It was examined by Bengel (as August 1), Scholz, and Burgon. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1887.[4]

It is currently housed in at the Bavarian State Library (Gr. 518), at Munich.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 51. 
  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. 51.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René; Edward Miller (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 148. 
  4. ^ 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. 206. 
  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. ^ a b 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, 92. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • R. Waltz, Minuscule 83 at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism