Papyrus 74

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Papyrus \mathfrak{P}74
New Testament manuscript
Name P. Bodmer XVII
Text Acts †; Catholic epistles
Date 7th century
Script Greek
Found Egypt
Now at Bibliotheca Bodmeriana
Cite Rudolf Kasser, Papyrus Bodmer XVII: Actes des Apôtres, Epîtres de Jacques, Pierre, Jean et Jude (Cologny/Geneva: 1961)
Size 33 by 21 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category I
Note concurs with \mathfrak{P}100

Papyrus 74 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by \mathfrak{P}74, is a copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Acts of the Apostles and Catholic epistles with lacunae. The manuscript paleographically had been assigned to the 7th century.[1]



The surviving texts are verses: Acts 1:2-28:31 †; James 1:1-5:20 †; 1 Peter 1:1-2,7-8,13,19-20,25; 2:6-7,11-12,18,24; 3:4-5; 2 Peter 2:21; 3:4,11,16; 1 John 1:1,6; 2:1-2,7,13-14,18-19,25-26; 3:1-2,8,14,19-20; 4:1,6-7,12,18-19; 5:3-4,9-10,17; 2 John 1,6-7,13; 3 John 6,12; Jude 3,7,11-12,16,24.


Despite the late date, it is an important manuscript and excellent witness for the book of Acts.[2]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland ascribed it as a “strict text”, and placed it in Category I.[1]

Acts 12:25 it reads εξ Ιερουσαλημ (from Jerusalem) along with A, 33, 69, 630, 2127; majority reads εις Ιερουσαλημ (to Jerusalem);[3]
It does not contain Acts 15:34 as codices Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, E, Ψ, Byz.[4]
Acts 20:28 it reads του κυριου (of the Lord) — A C* D E Ψ 33 36 453 945 1739 1891, instead of the Alexandrian του Θεου (of the God), or the Byzantine του κυριου και του Θεου (of the Lord and God).[5]
Acts 27:16 — καυδα (name of island), this reading is supported only by Vaticanus, 1175, Old-Latin version, Vulgate, and Peshitta.[6]
Present location

It is currently housed at the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana (P. Bodmer XVII) in Cologny.[1][7]

See also[edit]


  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. 101. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  2. ^ Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 72.
  3. ^ UBS3, p. 464.
  4. ^ NA26, p. 478.
  5. ^ NA26, p. 384.
  6. ^ NA26, p. 403.
  7. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rudolf Kasser, Papyrus Bodmer XVII: Actes des Apôtres, Epîtres de Jacques, Pierre, Jean et Jude (Cologny/Geneva: 1961).

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