Papyrus 95

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Papyrus 95
New Testament manuscript
John 5:26-29
John 5:26-29
Name P. Laur. PL II/31
Sign 95
Text John 5:26-29,36-38
Date 3rd century
Script Greek
Now at Universita Degli Studi di Milano
Cite J. Lenaerts, Un papyrus de l’Évangile de Jean : PL II/31, Chronique d’ Egypte 60 (1985), pp. 117-120
Size [12] x [24] cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category I

Papyrus 95 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by siglum 95, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of John. The surviving texts of John are verses 5:26-29,36-38. The manuscript palaeographically has been assigned to the early 3rd century.[1]

The writing is in 35 lines per page.[2]


The Greek text of this manuscript is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type, Comfort ascribed it as proto-Alexandrian, though the extant portion is too fragmentary for certainty.[2] It has not yet been placed in any of the Categories of New Testament manuscripts.[3]


The manuscript is currently housed at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (PL II/31) at Florence.[3][4]

Textual variants[edit]

  • 5:28: ακουσουσιν (shall hear (future tense)) becomes ακουσαντες (have heard (aorist tense, participle)).
  • 5:36: omits second αυτα (these) through possible homoeoteleuton.

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. 75.
  2. ^ a b Philip W. Comfort, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, 2001, p. 627.
  3. ^ 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. 102. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  4. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Jean Lenaerts, Un papyrus de l’Évangile de Jean : PL II/31, Chronique d’ Egypte 60 (Brussels: 1985), pp. 117–120.
  • Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 627–628. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.