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New Testament manuscripts
Papyrus 72
Two sides of the Papyrus Bodmer VIII

Two sides of the Papyrus Bodmer VIII
Name Papyrus Bodmer VII-IX
Sign \mathfrak{P} 72
Text Jude, 1 Peter, 2 Peter
Date 3rd/4th century
Script Greek
Now at Cologny/Geneva; Vatican City, Bibl. Bodmeriana; Bibl. Vaticana
Size 14.5 by 16 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category I
Hand documentary hand
Note resembles \mathfrak{P} 50

Papyrus 72 (\mathfrak{P} 72, Papyrus Bodmer VII-IX) is an early New Testament papyrus. It contains all the text of 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude. Paleographically it had been assigned to the 3rd or 4th century.[1]



It is the earliest known manuscript of these epistles', though a few verses of Jude are in a fragment \mathfrak{P} 78 (P. Oxy. 2684).[2]

This document contains also the Nativity of Mary, the apocryphal correspondence of Paul to the Corinthians, the eleventh ode of Solomon, Melito's Homily on the Passover, a fragment of a hymn, the Apology of Phileas, and Psalm 33 and 34.[3] Written on 72 leaves (14.5 cm, by 16 cm), in 16-20 lines per page. The manuscript is written by a documentary hand.[3]

The nomina sacra are written with abbreviations.


The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. According to Aland in 1-2 Peter it has normal text, in Jude free text, both with certain peculiarities. Aland placed it into I Category.[1] It is close to the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus.[3]

Currently it is housed at the Vatican Library at Rome.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c 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. 100.
  2. ^ Wasserman (2005), p. 137
  3. ^ a b c Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett. The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Incorporated, 2001, p. 479.

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