Minuscule 201

Minuscule 201 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), δ 403 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 11th century.[2] It has marginalia.

Minuscule 201
New Testament manuscript
TextNew Testament
Date11th century
Now atBritish Library
CiteG. Lami, De eruditione apostolorum, Florence 1738
Size34.7 cm by 27.1 cm
TypeByzantine text-type
Notemember of Kr


The codex contains entire text of the New Testament on 493 parchment leaves (size 34.7 cm by 27.1 cm).[2] The Pauline epistles are followed after the Catholic epistles. The text is written in two columns per page, in 22 lines per page, in light-brown or dark-brown ink, the initial letters in gold.[3]

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 another division according to the Ammonian Sections, with some references to the Eusebian Canons.[3]

It contains synaxaria, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each book, prolegomena (to James and some Pauline epistles), αναγνωσεις (lessons), subscriptions at the end of each book, numbers of στιχοι, and Euthalian Apparatus to the Catholic and Pauline epistles.[3][4]

According to colophons, Gospel of Matthew was written in 8 years after Ascension, Mark – 10 years, Luke 15 years, and John 32 years.


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Hermann von Soden classified it to the textual family Kr.[5] Aland placed it in Category V.[6] Its text is very close to the codex 480.

According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kr in Luke 1, Luke 10, and Luke 20, as its perfect member.[5]


According to the colophon from Epistle to Hebrews the manuscript was written by scribe named Methodius (in 6866):

ετελειωθη μηνι οικτοβφιω ζ ινδικτιωνη ια ετους ςωξς. Μεθοδιε χειρ τω θυτορακενδυτου[7]

Formerly the manuscript belonged to the monastery S. Marco in Florence. Later it belonged to Samuel Butler Bishop of Lichfield.[3]

Giovanni Lami was the first who described the manuscript. It was examined by Wettstein, Birch, Griesbach, Bloomfield, Scrivener, and C. R. Gregory (1883). Griesbach placed it twice on his list of manuscripts of NT, as 107 and 201.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Add MS 11837, f 464v : 1357) in London.[2]

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  1. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 55.
  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. 59.
  3. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. Vol. 1. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs. p. 166.
  4. ^ Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament. Vol. 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 219.
  5. ^ 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. 57, 92. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4.
  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. ^ Giovanni Lami, De eruditione apostolorum, Florence 1738, p. 219

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