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Favorite Papyrus

This is similar to my “Favorite Uncial” post

So here’s the question that i posted as a poll …

Which is the best papyrus (however you define best)?

* P38
* P45
* P46
* P48
* P52
* P66
* P69
* P72
* P74
* P75
* Other

I will keep you updated as to the votes in the comments section.

Also, i don’t ever think i told y’all what my responses would have been to these 2 polls.

Favorite uncial – Vaticanus
Favorite papyrus – P75
Vaticanus is probably the oldest nearly complete Greek Bible in existence. It is a text that dates before alterations are found in later manuscripts (1st half of the 4th century). It is relatively free from obvious transcriptional errors. It is probably the best representative of the Alexandrian text.

P75 was written around the beginning of the 3rd century. It’s text is very close to the Vaticanus, and that’s probably one of the reasons that it is my favorite. It is a text that reproduced its exemplar with little variation and liberty, very strictly reproducing the text.


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I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.


10 thoughts on “Favorite Papyrus

  1. So far here are the results…

    P46 – 1
    P66 – 3
    P75 – 1 (that’s me)

    Posted by theologian | October 30, 2006, 3:44 pm
  2. My favorite is P1, cause it was the first 🙂

    Posted by Josh | October 30, 2006, 8:23 pm
  3. P1 is not an option 😉
    Wouldn’t it be great if they found the originals. That would be sooo cool 8)

    Posted by theologian | October 30, 2006, 10:45 pm
  4. P46 – 2
    P52 – 1
    P66 – 3
    P75 – 1

    Posted by theologian | October 31, 2006, 1:49 pm
  5. So explain, why are there favorites? Completeness of text? Age? All the above?

    Posted by Josh | October 31, 2006, 9:05 pm
  6. My favorite is p52, if only because I did a papyrology project on it, and it is the earliest scrap of John that we have.

    Posted by greenbaggins | November 1, 2006, 10:07 pm
  7. P46 – 2
    P52 – 2
    P66 – 3
    P75 – 1

    Posted by theologian | November 2, 2006, 5:41 pm
  8. Josh,

    Different folks have favorites for different reasons. I listed mine above, as did Greenbaggins.
    Here are some other comments from those who voted…

    P66, because of the Comma of John

    It’s hard to pick one. I appreciate them all!
    What a blessing to read the same Bible that our brothers in Christ used so long ago.
    I particularly like P46 (P. Chester Beatty II),
    1) because it is an early papyrus and
    2) it is substantial and
    3) because it contains so many of Paul’s works.
    It was found in the Fayum, Egypt and is dated late first century.
    “The scribe who produced this manuscript used an early, excellent exemplar. He was a professional scribe, because there are stichoi notations at the end of several books. [SNIP] The stichoi were used by professionals to note how many lines had been copied for commensurate pay. [SNIP] …the manuscript was very well used, probably by various members of the church or monastery”
    The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts Philip Comfort & D. P. Barrett, (2001).

    Posted by theologian | November 2, 2006, 5:44 pm
  9. This is just a test comment.

    Posted by theologian | November 4, 2006, 10:38 pm


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