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Uncial 085 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 23 (Soden), is a Greek uncial manuscript of the New Testament, dated palaeographically to the 6th century.


The codex contains two small parts of the Gospel of Matthew 20:3-32; 22:3-16 on 3 parchment leaves (24 cm by 21 cm). Written in two columns per page, 27 lines per page (size of text 17 by 13.5 cm).

The letters are similar to Coptic. The pages are numbered in the same way as Coptic manuscripts.


The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type with some allien readings. According some authorities the text has mixed character. Aland placed it in Category II.

Matthew 20:23
phrase (and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with) omitted, as in codices Sinaiticus, B, D, L, Z, Θ, f1, f13, it, syrs, c, copsa.


The manuscript was written in Coptic monastery.

The codex formerly was in Cairomarker. Now is located at the Russian National Librarymarker (Gr. 714) in Saint Petersburgmarker.

See also


  1. Kurt Aland, and 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. 120.
  2. C. R. Gregory, "Textkritik des Neuen Testaments", Leipzig 1900, vol. 1, p. 68.
  3. NA26, 56.

Further reading

  • Kurt Treu, Die Griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments in der USSR; eine systematische Auswertung des Texthandschriften in Leningrad, Moskau, Kiev, Odessa, Tbilisi und Erevan, T & U 91 (Berlin: 1966), pp. 192-193.

External links

  • Uncial 085 at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism
  • Uncial 085 at the Wieland Willker, "Textual Commentary"

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