|New Testament manuscript
|Name||P. Oxy. 1780|
|Text||John 8 †|
|Now at||The Green Collection|
|Cite||Grenfell & A. S. Hunt, Oxyrhynchus Papyri XV, 1922, pp. 7-8.|
|Size||26 by 16 cm|
Papyrus 39 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), signed by 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.
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.
The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type (proto-Alexandrian). Aland placed it in Category I. 39 shows agreement with Vaticanus and 75. There are no singular readings.
- Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.
- Barker, Don (2009). "How long and old is the codex of which P.Oxy 1353 is a leaf?" in "Jewish and Christian Scripture as artifact and canon" eds Craig. A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias. London: T&T Clark. pp. 192 to 202. ISBN 0-567-58485-2.
- 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.
- Peter M. Head, The Habits of New Testament Copyists Singular Readings in the Early Fragmentary Papyri of John, Biblica 85 (2004), 399-408.
- G. Cavallo, Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica (1967), pl. 27.
- Robert B. Waltz. 'NT Manuscripts: Papyri, Papyri 39.'
- Text of the 39 with reconstructed lacunae