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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] The parchment is thick and the ink is brown. The text 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 with three columns include Codex Vaticanus, Codex Vaticanus 2061 and 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  
  2. ^ a b  
  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:  
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
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