Papyrus 13

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Papyrus Papyri 13
New Testament manuscript
NameP. Oxyrhynchus 657
TextHebrews 2:14-5:5; 10:8-22; 10:29-11:13; 11:28-12:17
FoundOxyrhynchus, Egypt
Now atBritish Library/Egyptian Museum
CiteGrenfell & Hunt, Oxyrynchus Papyri 4:36-48. (#657)
Size12 columns of scroll; 23-27 lines/column;
pagination legible: 47-50, 61-65, 67-69.
TypeAlexandrian, often agrees with Vaticanus; 80% with Papyrus 46
Notelargest papyrus other than Chester Beatty collection

Papyrus 13, designated by siglum 13 or P13 in the Gregory-Aland numbering, is a fragmented manuscript of the New Testament in Greek. It was copied on papyrus in the 3rd century at approximately 225-250 CE.[1]


Papyrus 13 was discovered by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt. It is currently housed at the British Library, Inv. Nr. 1532, and Egyptian Museum, SR 3796 25/1/55/2 (11), or PSI 1292.[2][3][4]

The surviving text is twelve columns, of 23 to 27 lines each, from a scroll. This is all from the Epistle to the Hebrews, namely 2:14-5:5; 10:8-22; 10:29-11:13; 11:28-12:17. Its presence of pagination 47-50 means that Hebrews was preceded by only one book in the original scroll, likely the Epistle to the Romans as in Papyrus 46.[1] It is the largest papyrus manuscript of the New Testament outside the Chester Beatty Papyri.

It was written on the back of a papyrus containing the Epitome of Livy and some scholars think the manuscript was possibly brought to Egypt by a Roman official and left behind when he left his post.[5]

It has errors of itacism (ι and ει, ε and αι, υ and οι).[6]


Papyrus 13 is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland placed it in Category I.[2]

It bears strong textual affinity with Codex Vaticanus, and also has an 80% agreement with Papyrus 46. It has numerous distinctive readings.[2]

Papyrus 13 is written recto-verso, with the verso (back) containing Hebrews and the recto (front) containing part of Livy's History of Rome, dated to around 200 AD.[7]

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  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), pp 83.
  2. ^ a b c 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. 97. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  3. ^ "Handschriftenliste". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. ^ PSI XII 1292 at PSIonline
  5. ^ Philip W Comfort and David P Barrett, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Incorporated, 2001), p. 85.
  6. ^ C. R. Gregory, Textkritik des Neuen Testaments III (Leipzig: 1909), p. 1091.
  7. ^ Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 83–92. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.

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Grenfell and Hunt
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