Minuscule 321

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Minuscule 321
New Testament manuscript
First page of the Epistle to Colossians; decorated initial Π
First page of the Epistle to Colossians; decorated initial Π
Name Cod. Harleianus 5557
Text Acts, Paul
Date 12th century
Script Greek
Found John Covell, 1675
Now at British Library
Size 18 cm by 15 cm
Category none
Note marginalia

Minuscule 321 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), α 254 (Soden),[1] is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on parchment. Palaeographically it has been assigned to the 12th century.[2] Formerly it was designated by 26a and 32p. It has marginalia.


The codex contains the text of the Acts of the Apostles, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles on 293 parchment leaves (18 cm by 15 cm) with lacunae (Acts 1:1-11; Hebrews 11:34-12:6). The text is written in one column per page, in 22 lines per page.[2] The decorations are in colours and gold.[3]

It contains Prolegomena, tables of the κεφαλαια (tables of contents) before each sacred book, lectionary markings at the margin for liturgical reading, Synaxarion (later hand), and subscriptions at the end of each book, with numbers of stichoi.[4]

On the folio 294 it contains fragments from a 14th-century manuscripts of the Psalms (64(65):3-14 and 67(68):2-13).

Kurt Aland did not place the Greek text of the codex in any Category.[5]


The manuscript was written in the 2nd half of the 12th century.[3]

The manuscript was in Constantinople in 1675. John Covel (1637-1722), British chaplain in Constantinople, purchased it in Adrianopol (together with codex 322).[6] It later belonged to Robert Harley.

Formerly it was designated by 26a and 32p.[4] In 1908 Gregory gave the number 321 to it.[1]

It was examined by Mill (Cov. 3) and Bloomfeld. C. R. Gregory saw it in 1883.[4]

The manuscript is currently housed at the British Library (Harley 5557) at London.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 59.
  2. ^ a b c Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 66. ISBN 3-11-011986-2.
  3. ^ a b Harley 5557 at the British Library
  4. ^ a b c Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 265.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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. 286.

Further reading

  • Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 115, 459.

External links

  • Harley 5557 at the British Library
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