Papyrus 115

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Papyrus \mathfrak{P}115
New Testament manuscript
Red arrow points to χιϛ (616), "number of the beast" in P115
Red arrow points to χιϛ (616), "number of the beast" in P115
Name P. Oxy. 4499
Text Rev 2-3, 5-6, 8-15
Date c. 275
Found Oxyrhynchus, Egypt
Now at Ashmolean Museum
Cite Juan Chapa, Oxyrynchus Papyri 66:11-39. (#4499)
Size 26 fragments; 15.5 x 23.5 cm; 33-36 lines/page
Type Alexandrian, close agreement with A & C
Category I
Note Gives number of the beast as 616

Papyrus 115 (P. Oxy. 4499, designated by \mathfrak{P}115 in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a fragmented manuscript of the New Testament written in Greek on papyrus. It consists of 12 fragments of a codex containing parts of the Book of Revelation. It dates to the 3rd century, ca. 225-275 AD.[1] Grenfell and Hunt discovered the papyrus at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.

\mathfrak{P}115 was not deciphered and published until the end of the 20th century. It is currently housed at the Ashmolean Museum.[2]


The original codex had 33-36 lines per page of 15.5 cm by 23.5 cm. The surviving text includes 2:1-3, 13-15, 27-29; 3:10-12; 5:8-9; 6:5-6; 8:3-8, 11-13; 9:1-5, 7-16, 18-21; 10:1-4, 8-11; 11:1-5, 8-15, 18-19; 12:1-5, 8-10, 12-17; 13:1-3, 6-16, 18; 14:1-3, 5-7, 10-11, 14-15, 18-20; 15:1, 4-7.[3]

The nomina sacra are written in an abbreviated way: ΙΗΛ ΑΥΤΟΥ ΠΡΣ ΘΩ ΘΥ ΑΝΩΝ ΠΝΑ ΟΥΝΟΥ ΟΥΝΟΝ ΚΥ ΘΝ ΑΝΟΥ ΟΥΝΩ.

The text-type is the Alexandrian. \mathfrak{P}115 follows the text of Codex Alexandrinus (A) and Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C).[4]

An interesting textual variant of P115 is that it gives the number of the beast as 616 (chi, iota, sigma (ΧΙϚ)), rather than the majority reading of 666 (chi, xi, sigma (ΧΞϚ)), as does Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Juan Chapa, Oxy. Pap., 66:11-39, no. 4499
  2. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 664–677. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9. 
  4. ^ Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 77.

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