Minuscule 87

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Minuscule 87
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Trevirensis
Text Gospel of John
Date 11th century
Script Greek
Now at Cusanusstift
Size 36.5 cm by 25.7 cm
Type ?
Category none

Minuscule 87 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), CL22 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] Formerly it was dated to the 12th century (F. H. A. Scrivener, C. R. Gregory).


The codex contains the text of the Gospel of John, with a catena, on 231 leaves (size 36.5 cm by 25.7 cm).[2] The biblical text is surrounded by a catena.[3]

Kurt Aland the Greek text of the codex did not place in any Category.[4]

The text of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) is omitted.


Formerly the manuscript was held in της μονης του προδρομου της κοιμενης εγγιστα της Αετιου αρχαικη δε τη μονη κησις πετρα in Constantinople, as codices 178 and 774.[5]

The manuscript once belonged to the famous scholar, philosopher and mathematician, Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa, together with the manuscript 129.[3]

It came from Constantinople; it was housed at Trier.[5] It was examined by Balthasar Cordier, Montfaucon, and Scholz.[3] It was added to the list of the New Testament manuscripts by Scholz. Wettstein's 87 is minuscule 250.[5] C. R. Gregory tried to find this manuscript twice in 1884 in Trier and Cusa, but unsuccessfully.[5]

It is currently housed in at the Cusanusstift (Bd. 18), at Bernkastel-Kues.[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 Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 206. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 148. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Balthasar Cordier, "Catena patrum Graecorum in s. Joannem ex antiquissimo Graeco codice MS. nunc primum in luce edita" (Antwerp, 1630).
  • Bernard de Montfaucon, Bibliotheca Coisliniana olim Segueriana, Paris: Ludovicus Guerin & Carolus Robustel, 1715, p. 110.