Papyrus 47

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Papyrus 47
New Testament manuscript
Papyrus 47 Rev 13,16-14.4.jpg
TextBook of Revelation 9:10-17:2 †
Date3rd century
Now atChester Beatty Library
CiteF. G. Kenyon, The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri III, (London, 1934).
TypeAlexandrian text-type
Noteclose to Sinaiticus, 0308

Papyrus 47 (Gregory-Aland) (LDAB 2778), signed by 47, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Book of Revelation which contains Rev. 9:10-11:3; 11:5-16:15; 16:17-17:2. The manuscript has been assigned paleographically the 3rd century.[1]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland ascribed it as a Normal text, and placed it in Category I.[2] The text of this manuscript is closest to Codex Sinaiticus, and they are witnesses for one of the early textual types of the Book of Revelation.[3] Another type is represented by manuscripts Papyrus 115, Codex Alexandrinus, and Codex Ephraemi.

It is currently housed at the Chester Beatty Library (Inv. 14. 1. 527) in Dublin.[2][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ P. Orsini & W. Clarysse, “Early New Testament Manuscripts and Their Dates: A Critique of Theological Palaeography” in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses (Vol. 88 Issue 4, 2012), p. 470
  2. ^ a b 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. 99. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  3. ^ Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 68.
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 26 August 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • F. G. Kenyon, The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri III, (London, 1934).
  • Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 335–351. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.
  • Peter Malik, New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents, Volume 52: P. Beatty III (47): The Codex, Its Scribe, and Its Text