Papyrus 38

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New Testament manuscripts
Papyrus \mathfrak{P}38
Text Acts 18-19 †
Date ca. 220
Script Greek
Found Egypt
Now at University of Michigan
Cite H. A. Sanders."A Papyrus Fragment of Acts in the Michigan Collection". , HTR, vol. 20. 1927, pp. 1-19.
Size 14 x 27
Type Western text-type
Category IV

Papyrus 38 (in the [[Biblical manuscript#Gregory–Aland|Gregory-Aland]] numbering), designated by \mathfrak{P}38, is an early copy of part of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Acts of the Apostles, it contains only Acts 18:27-19:6.12-16. The manuscript paleographically has been assigned to the early 3rd century.[1]

Although the text is quite short, the Greek text of this codex has been called a representative of the Western text-type. Aland named it as Free text and placed in Category IV. The text of this manuscript is related to Codex Bezae.[2]

The manuscript was purchased in Cairo in 1924.[1]

It is currently housed at the University of Michigan (Inv. 1571) in Ann Arbor.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett. The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Incorporated, 2001, p. 145.
  2. ^ a b Aland, Kurt; Aland, Barbara (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  3. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Henry A. Sanders, A Papyrus Fragment of Acts in the Michigan Collection, Harvard Theological Review. vol. 20. 1927, pp. 1-19.
  • A. C. Clark, The Michigan Fragment of Acts, JTS XXIX (1927), pp. 18-28.
  • Silva New, The Michigan Papyrus Fragment 1571, in Beginnings of Christianity V (1933), pp. 262-268.
  • M.-J. Lagrange, Critique textuelle II, La Critique rationelle (Paris, 1935), pp. 402-405.
  • Henry A. Sanders, Michigan Papyri, University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, XL (Ann Arbor, 1936), pp. 14-19.