Papyrus 21

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Papyrus 21
New Testament manuscript
Page recto with text of Matthew 12:24-26
Page recto with text of Matthew 12:24-26
NameP. Oxy. 1227
TextMatthew 12:24-33 †
Date4th century
Now atMuhlenberg College
CiteB. P. Grenfell & A. S. Hunt, Oxyrynchus Papyri X, pp. 12-14
Size11.5 cm by 4.5 cm
Grenfell and Hunt
Bernard Grenfell Arthur Hunt

Papyrus 21 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by siglum 21, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew, it contains only Matthew 12:24-26.32-33. The manuscript paleographically had been assigned to the early 4th century.[1]


The manuscript is written in large upright uncial letters.[2]

The Greek text of this codex probably is a mixture of text-types. Aland placed it in Category III.[1]

In Matthew 12:25 it has textual variant ιδων δε (instead of ειδως δε) in agreement with Codex Bezae, corrector b of the Codex Sinaiticus, 892*, the Latin text of Codex Bezae (itd), k, c, s, copbo.[3] In 12:32 it lacks words αυτω ουτε.[2]

It is currently housed at the Muhlenberg College (Theol. Pap. 3) in Allentown (Pennsylvania).[1][4]

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b B. P., Grenfell; Hunt, A. S. (1914). Oxyrhynchus Papyri X. London. p. 12.
  3. ^ UBS4, p. 43.
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 23 August 2011.

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