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Papyri and Manuscripts
related to the Gospel and Epistles of John

Ancient Biblical PAPYRI containing portions of the Gospel of John:
(click on the hyperlinks for some images and further information)

The Three Oldest Johannine Papyri:

  • P52 - John Rylands Papyrus 457 (2nd century) - see also K. C. Hanson's informative page on P52

    • preserves a portion of John 18:31-33, 37-38;  the oldest surviving fragment of the entire NT!

  • P90 - Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 3523 (2nd century) - a larger but badly damaged old piece of papyrus

    • contains some words from John 18:36—19:7, but not much of the text is preserved

  • P66 - Papyrus Bodmer II (around 200 C.E.)

    • contains most of John's Gospel:  1:1—6:11; 6:35—14:26, 29-30; 15:2-26; 16:2-4, 6-7, 16:10—20:20, 22-23, 20:25—21:9

Twelve More Papyri from the Third Century:

  • Older Oxyrhynchus Discoveries:   P5, P22, P28, P39

  • Other Very Significant Papyri:

    • P45 - preserves significant portions of all four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles

    • P75 - has the end of Luke and beginning of John on the same page!

    • P80, P95 - two smaller fragments, containing only a few verses of John

  • Newer Oxyrhynchus Fragments:   P106, P107, P108, P109

Twelve More Papyri from the Fourth to Seventh Centuries:

  • P2,  P6,  P36,  P44,  P55,  P59,  P60,  P63,  P76,  P84,  P93

Complete List of Papyri containing portions of the Fourth Gospel:
 

Papyrus
Number
Date / Century Location / Inventory Number Biblical Contents
[with non-Johannine texts in brackets]
P2 VI Florence, Museo Archeologico, Inv. 7134 John 12:12-15
P5 III London, British Library, Inv. 782 + 2484; P. Oxy. 208 + 1781 John 1:23-31, 33-40; 16:14-30; 20:11-17, 19-20, 22-25
P6 IV Strasbourg, Bibliothčque Nationale, Pap. copt. 379, 381, 382, 384 John 10:1-2, 4-7, 9-10; 11:1-8, 45-52
P22 III Glasgow, University Library, Ms. Gen. 1026/13; P. Oxy. 1228 John 15:25—16:2, 21-32
P28 III Berkeley, Pacific School of Religion, Palestine Institute Museum, Pap. 2; P. Oxy. 1596 John 6:8-12, 17-22
P36 VI Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana; PSI 3 John 3:14-18, 31-32, 34-35
P39 III Rochester, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Ambrose Swasey Library, Inv. 8864; P. Oxy. 1780 John 8:14-22
P44 VI/VII New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Inv. 14.1.527 [parts of Mt 17, 18, 25]; John 9:3-4; 10:8-14; 12:16-18
P45 III Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, P. Chester Beatty I;
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Pap. G. 31974
[parts of Mt 20—26; Mc 4—12; Lc 6—14];
John 4:51, 54; 5:21, 24; 10:7-25, 30-42; 11:1-10, 18-36, 42-57;  [also parts of Acts 4—17]
P52 II Manchester, J. Rylands University Library, Gr. P. 457 John 18:31-33, 37-38
P55 VI/VII Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Pap. G. 26214 John 1:31-33, 35-38
P59 VII New York, Pierpont Morgan Library; P. Colt 3 John 1:26, 28, 48, 51; 2:15-16; 11:40-52; 12:25, 29, 31, 35; 17:24-26; 18:1-2, 16-17, 22; 21:7, 12-13, 15, 17-20, 23
P60 VII New York, Pierpont Morgan Library; P. Colt 4 John 16:29-30, 32-33; 17:1-6, 8-9, 11-15, 18-25; 18:1-2, 4-5, 7-16, 18-20, 23-29, 31-37, 39-40; 19:2-3, 5-8, 10-18, 20, 23-26
P63 ca. 500 Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Inv. 11914 John 3:14-18; 4:9-10
P66 ca. 200 Cologny, Switzerland, Bibliothèque Bodmer; P. Bodmer II; Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, P. Chester Beatty s.n.; Cologne, Institut für Altertumskunde, Inv. Nr. 4274/4298 John 1:1—6:11; 6:35—14:26, 29-30; 15:2-26; 16:2-4, 6-7, 16:10—20:20, 22-23, 20:25—21:9
P75 III Cologny, Switzerland, Bibliothèque Bodmer; P. Bodmer XIV, XV [starts with much of Luke 3—18; then Luke 22:4—24:53 continues immediately with John 1:1—11:45, 48-57; 12:3—13:10; 14:8—15:10
P76 VI Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Pap. G. 36102 John 4:9, 12
P80 III Barcelona, Fundación S. Lukas Evangelista, P. Barc. 83 John 3:34
P84 VI Louvain, Bibliothčque de l'Université, P. A. M. Kh. Mird 4. 11. 26. 27 [some bits of Mark 2 & 6];  John 5:5; 17:3, 7-8
P90 II Oxford, Ashmolean Museum 65 6 B. 32/M (3-5)a; P. Oxy. 3523 John 18:36—19:7
P93 V Florence, Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli", PSI inv. 108 John 13:15-17
P95 III Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, PL II/31 John 5:26-29, 36-38
P106 III Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; P. Oxy. 4445 John 1:29-35, 40-46
P107 III Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; P. Oxy. 4446 John 17:1-2, 11
P108 III Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; P. Oxy. 4447 John 17:23-24, 18:1-5
P109 III Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; P. Oxy. 4448 John 21:18-20, 23-25

This table is based on the Appendix of NA-27 (Nestle-Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed.), with some additional texts from the list by Wieland Willker.

Papyri containing portions of the Johannine Epistles:

Papyrus
Number

Date /
Century

Location / Inventory Number

Biblical Contents

P9

III

Cambridge (MA), Harvard University, Semitic Museum, Inv. 3736; P.Oxy. 402

1 John 4:11-12, 14-17

P74

VII

Cologny, Switzerland, Bibliothèque Bodmer; P.Bodmer XVII

[parts of Acts 1—28; James 1—5; 1Peter 1—3; 2Peter 2—3];
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, 16-17;  5:3-4, 9-10, 17;  2 John 1, 6-7, 12-13;  3 John 6, 12;
[also parts of Jude 1]


Ancient Biblical MANUSCRIPTS important for Johannine Studies:

The hyperlinks below show images of the beginning of the Gospel of John, and some also of the end of Luke, in the corresponding manuscript. These images and further explanations are from the Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts website.


Online RESOURCES for New Testament Papyri and Manuscripts:



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