Papyrus 121

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Papyrus 121
New Testament manuscript
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Name P. Oxy. 4805
Sign 121
Text Gospel of John 19:17-18,25-26
Date 3rd century
Script Greek
Found Oxyrhynchus, Egypt
Now at Sackler Library
Cite R. Hatzilambrou, P. J. Parsons, J. Chapa, OP LXXI (London: 2007), pp. 9-11.
Size [4.5] x [3.3] cm (28 x 12)
Type unknown
Category none
Note nomina sacra, diaeresis

Papyrus 121 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by 121, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of John. The surviving texts of John are only fragments of verses 19:17-18,25-26. They are in very fragmentary condition. The manuscript paleographically has been assigned to the 3rd century by the INTF.[1]

The manuscript currently is housed at the Papyrology Rooms of the Sackler Library at Oxford with the shelf number P. Oxy. 4805.[1]


The manuscript is written irregular, spaces between letters are not equal. Though the text is very small, it contains two of the nomina sacra: ΙΣ and ΜΗΙ (dative case from ΜΗΡ). Above letter iota two dots (diaeresis). On page recto, in lower line, from the left a scribe did not used letter iota in word και (and), though inserted diaeresis above letter alpha. Possibly it is a scribal error.


Papyrus 121 V

The Greek text of the codex is too brief to determine its textual character. It can not be placed to any of Categories of New Testament manuscripts. It contains only 20 letters on recto, and 18 letters on verso.

Page recto of 121
Page verso of 121
νιου Τοπον ο λεγεται Εβραιστι Γολγοθα

οπου αυτον εσταρωσαν και μετ' αυτου

αλλους δυο εντευθεν κα εντευθεν μεσον

η ΙΣ ουν ιδων την μητερα και τον

μαθητην παρεστωτα ον ηγαπα

λεγει τη ΜΗΙ Γυναι ιδε ο υιος, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.

There they crucified him, and with him

two others, one on either side, and Jesus between

When Jesus saw his mother, and the

disciple whom he loved standing near, he

said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"

In red colour missing letters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • R. Hatzilambrou, P. J. Parsons, J. Chapa The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, LXXI (London: 2007), pp. 9–11.

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