Minuscule 872 (Gregory-Aland)

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Minuscule 872
New Testament manuscript
Name Cod. Vaticanus 2160
Text Gospels
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 21 cm by 16 cm
Type Byzantine/Caesarean text-type
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 872 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 203 (von Soden),[1][2] is a 12th-century Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on parchment. The manuscript has no complex context. It has full marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels with some lacunae (Matthew 6:4-21; John 13:16-21:25) on 180 parchment leaves (size 21 cm by 16 cm). The text is written in two columns per page, 26 lines per page.[3][4][5]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections (in Mark 233 Sections, the last in 16:8), with references to the Eusebian Canons.[5][6]

It contains the Epistula ad Carpianum, Prolegomena to John, tables of κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each Gospel, lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical reading); subscriptions at the end of each Gospel, with numbers of στιχοι and numbers of verses (in John); it contains portraits of the Evangelists placed before each Gospel.[5]


The Greek text of the codex is an eclectic. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Iηb. Kurt Aland did not place it in any Category.[7] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual family Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20.[8]

In the Gospel of Mark it represents the textual family f1.[9]


F. H. A. Scrivener dated the manuscript to the 11th or 12th century, C. R. Gregory dated it to the 12th century. Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 12th century.[4]

According to the note the manuscript once belonged to Emilio H. F. Alteri in Rome in 1871.[5]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (690e),[6] Gregory (872e). Gregory saw it in 1886.[5]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Vatican Library (Gr. 2160), in Rome.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Soden, von, Hermann (1902). Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte. 1. Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker. p. 153. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 77. 
  3. ^ a b Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 98. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 228. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 267. 
  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. 67. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  9. ^ Minuscule 372 at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism

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