Minuscule 149

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Minuscule 149
New Testament manuscript
NamePalatino-Vaticanus 171
TextNew Testament
Date15th century
Now atVatican Library
Size35.5 cm by 23.5 cm
TypeByzantine text-type

Minuscule 149 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 503 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment leaves. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 15th century.[2] It was adapted for liturgical use.


The codex contains the entire of the New Testament on 179 parchment leaves. The size of pages is 35.5 cm by 23.5 cm.[2] The text is written in one column per page, in 33-35 lines per page[2] (size of text is 22.6 cm by 13.9 cm). The capital letters in red. 10 leaves in quire.[3][4]

It contains Prolegomena to the Catholic and Pauline epistles, and liturgical equipment at the margin. The parchment is fine and white.[3]

The order of books is typical: Gospels, Acts, Catholic epistles, Pauline epistles, Revelation.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kx.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6]

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents the textual group 22b in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20 as a weak member.[7]


Birch dated the manuscript to the 14th century, Gregory to the 15th century. Presently the INTF dated it to the 15th century.[2]

Amelotte quoted several of its readings. These readings were used by Wettstein.[8] The manuscript was examined by Birch (about 1782), and Scholz. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1886.[3]

The text of Apocalypse was collated by Hoskier.

It is currently housed at the Vatican Library (Pal. gr. 171), at Rome.[2]

See also[]


  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 53.
  2. ^ a b c d e K. Aland, M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack, "Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments", Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York 1994, p. 55.
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. pp. 158–159.
  4. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. 1 (fourth ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 214.
  5. ^ Frederik Wisse, The profile method for the classification and evaluation of manuscript evidence, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1982, p. 55.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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. 55, 107–108. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4.
  8. ^ Johann David Michaelis, Introduction to the New Testament (London 1823), p. 350.

Further reading[]

  • Herman C. Hoskier, "Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse" (London, 1929), pp. 53–55.
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