# Papyrus 39

Name New Testament manuscript P. Oxy. 1780 John 8 † 3rd century Greek Egypt The Green Collection Grenfell & A. S. Hunt, Oxyrhynchus Papyri XV, 1922, pp. 7-8. 26 by 16 cm Alexandrian text-type I

Papyrus 39 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), signed by ${\displaystyle {\mathfrak {P}}}$39, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of John, it contains only John 8:14-22. The manuscript paleographically had been assigned to the 3rd century. Written by professional scribe, in 25 lines per page, in large, beautiful letters. It has numbered pages.[1]

Don Barker proposes a wider and earlier range of dates for Papyrus 39, along with Uncial 0232, Papyrus 88 and Uncial 0206; and states that all four could be dated as early as the late second century or as late as the end of the fourth century.[2]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type (proto-Alexandrian). Aland placed it in Category I.[3] ${\displaystyle {\mathfrak {P}}}$39 shows agreement with Vaticanus and ${\displaystyle {\mathfrak {P}}}$75.[1] There are no singular readings.[4]

Guglielmo Cavallo published its facsimile in 1967.[5]

The manuscript now resides in the Green Collection and is featured in its worldwide-traveling exhibition, Passages.