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New Testament manuscripts
Uncial 068
Text John 13:16-27; 16:7-19
Date 5th century
Script Greek
Found 1847, Nitrian desert
Now at British Library
Size 26 x 24 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category III

Uncial 068 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 3 (Soden), is a Greek uncial manuscript of the New Testament, dated paleographically to the 5th century.[1] Tischendorf designated it by Ib, Scrivener by Nb.[2]



The codex contains a fragments of the John 13:16-27; 16:7-19 (with lacunae), on 2 parchment leaves (26 cm by 24 cm). Written in two columns per page, 18 lines per page in large uncial letters.[3] No capital letters.[2]

It is a double palimpsest, the Greek biblical text was overwritten twice in Syriac language, in the 9th century, and in the 10th or 11th century. It contains hymns of Severus in Syriac.[3] The Ammonian Sections are present, but the Eusebian Canons absent. It contains breathing and accents.[3]


John 13:16-17.19-20.23-24.26-27; 16:7-9.12-13.15-16.18-19[4]


The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland placed in Category III.[1] It has some non-Alexandrian readings (e.g. J 16:12).


It was found in 1847 in the monastery at Nitrian Desert and brought to London.[3] It was examined and deciphered by Tregelles and Tischendorf (about the same time).[2]


The codex now is located at the British Library (Add. 17136) in London.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kurt Aland et Barbara Aland, The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism, transl. Erroll F. Rhodes, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995, p. 119.
  2. ^ a b c Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 141.  
  3. ^ a b c d Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 54.  
  4. ^ Kurt Aland, Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum. Locis parallelis evangeliorum apocryphorum et patrum adhibitis edidit, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1996, p. XXII.

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