Uncial 053

New Testament manuscripts
Uncial 053
Text Gospel of Luke
Date 9th century
Script Greek
Now at Bavarian State Library
Size 27.5 x 23 cm
Type Byzantine text-type
Category V

Uncial 053 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), A4 (Soden), is a Greek uncial manuscript of the New Testament, dated paleographically to the 9th century.


The codex contains a part of the Gospel of Luke (1:1-2:40), with a commentary on 14 parchment leaves (27.5 cm by 23 cm). It is written in three columns per page, 42 lines per page.[1] Parchment is thick, ink is brown, it has breathings and accents.[2]

The text of the commentary is written in minuscule hand.[2]

It is one of the very few codices written in three columns per page (other codices: Codex Vaticanus, Codex Vaticanus 2061, 460).

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it with some hesitation in Category V.[1] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kx in Luke 1.[3]

Currently it is dated by the INTF to the 9th century.[4]

The codex now is located in Munich in the Bavarian State Library (Gr. 208, fol. 235-248).[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c 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. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  2. ^ a b Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 83. http://www.archive.org/stream/textkritikdesne00greggoog#page/n95/mode/2up. 
  3. ^ 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. p. 52. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. http://intf.uni-muenster.de/vmr/NTVMR/ListeHandschriften.php. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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