Uncial 054

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Uncial 054
New Testament manuscript
Name Codex Barberini
Text Gospel of John
Date 8th century
Script Greek
Found Barberini 17th
Now at Vatican Library
Size 29 x 18.5 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Uncial 054 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 59 (Soden),[1] also known as Codex Barberini, is a Greek uncial manuscript of the New Testament, dated paleographically to the 8th century.[2]


The codex contains a part of the Gospel of John (16:3-19:41), with a commentary on 6 parchment leaves (29 cm by 18.5 cm). It is written in one column per page, 36 lines per page,[2] in about 27 letters in line. The letters are small, parchment is thick, ink is brown. It contains lectionary markings at the margin (for liturgical service).[3]

The text is divided according to the Ammonian Sections, whose numbers are given in the margin of text, but without references to the Eusebian Canons.[4]

It belongs to the same manuscript to which minuscule codex 392 belongs (folios 7-391).

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type, with some non-Byzantine readings. Aland, with some hesitation, placed it in Category V.[2]


Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 8th century.[5]

It was found in the 17th century by cardinal Francesco Barberini (hence name of the codex).[4] It was examined by Scholz. The text of the codex was published by Tischendorf in 1846 (Monumenta sacra).[6]

The codex is located now in the Vatican Library (Barberini Gr. 521, fol. 1-6).[2][5]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 37.
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 118. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  3. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. pp. 83–84.
  4. ^ a b Scrivener F.H.A., A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, George Bell & Sons: Cambridge 1861, p. 119.
  5. ^ a b "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  6. ^ C. Tischendorf, Monumenta sacra (1846), proleg., p. 13; Text pp. 37 ff. and plate, no. 5.

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