Uncial 0189

Uncial 0189
New Testament manuscripts
Uncial 0189
Uncial 0189 (Acts 5,12-21).JPG
Text Acts 5:3-21
Date c. 200
Script Greek
Found unknown
Now at Berlin State Museums
Cite A.H. Salonius, 'Die griechischen Handschriftenfragmente des Neuen Testaments in den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin', ZNW 26 (1927): 116-119.
Size 1 vellum leaf; 18 x 11.5 cm; 32 lines/page
Type Alexandrian
Category I
Hand reformed documentary
Note page numbers suggest Acts only codex

Uncial 0189 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), is the oldest parchment manuscript of the New Testament.



It consists of a single vellum leaf of a late second or early third century Greek codex, containing only a small part of the Acts of the Apostles.[1]

Its history is unknown prior to its current possession by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Uncial 0189 measures 11.5 cm by 18 cm from a page of 32 lines. The scribe wrote in a reformed documentary hand.

The nomina sacra are written in an abbreviated way: ΑΝΟΣ ΠΝΑ ΚΥ ΚΩ ΙΛΗΜ ΘΩ ΙΣΗΛ.

The Alands describe the text-type as "at least normal". Uncial 0189 is an important early witness to the Alexandrian text-type, nearly always agreeing with the other witnesses to this type of text.[2] Aland placed it in Category I (because of date).[3]

Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 2nd or 3rd century.[4]

It is classed as a "consistently cited witness of the first order" in the Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27).[5] NA27 considers it even more highly than other witnesses of this type. It provides an exclamation mark (!) for "papyri and uncial manuscripts of particular significance because of their age."[6]

The text was first published by AH Salonius in Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft in 1927.

See also

Other early uncials
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  1. ^ Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 693. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9. 
  2. ^ Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Incorporated, 2001), pp. 692-695.
  3. ^ Aland, Kurt; Barbara Aland; Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.) (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. pp. 104, 124. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. http://intf.uni-muenster.de/vmr/NTVMR/ListeHandschriften.php. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Eberhard Nestle, Erwin Nestle, Barbara Aland and Kurt Aland (eds),Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th edition, (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2001), 59.
  6. ^ NA27: 58.

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