Papyrus 53

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Papyrus 53
New Testament manuscript
P053-Mat-26 29-35-III.jpg
Text Matthew 26 †; Acts 9-10 †
Date 3rd century
Script Greek
Found Egypt
Now at University of Michigan
Cite H. A. Sanders, A Third Century Papyrus of Matthew and Acts XVIII (London: 1937), pp. 151-161.
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category I

Papyrus 53 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), signed by 53, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Matthew, and Acts, it contains only Matt. 26:29-40; Acts 9:33-10:1. The manuscript palaeographically had been assigned to the 3rd century. These two fragments were found together, they were part of a codex containing the four Gospels and Acts or Matthew and Acts.[1]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type (proto-Alexandrian). Aland ascribed it as "at least Normal text", and placed it in Category I.[2]

It is currently housed at the University of Michigan (Inv. 6652) in Ann Arbor.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 69.
  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. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Henry A. Sanders, A Third Century Papyrus of Matthew and Acts, in: Quantulacumque: Studies Presented to Kirsopp Lake (London: 1937), pp. 151–161.
  • Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 369–373. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.