Papyrus 37, P37

`Abd ar-Rahman Robert Squires & M S M Saifullah

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First Composed: 13 April 2000

Last Updated: 31 October 2004


Papyrus 37 (No. 1570), P37


3rd Century CE.


Purchased in Cairo, Egypt, in 1924. Its exact provenance is unknown but it is believed that it came from the Fayum.


About 25.4 cm. x 15.3 cm. There is one column and about 32 lines (originally 33) per page.

There is only one leaf. Click here to see the image.


It contain Matthew 26:19-52.

Textual Character

It has 11 singular readings. Sanders described P37 as having a "Western" text with some variants peculiar to Egypt. According to the Alands, the text in P37 is "free".


It is written in documentary hand. The words are slightly separated. Accents and punctuation marks are absent. Rough breathing is used once.


Special Collections Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


[1] H. A. Sanders, "An Early Papyrus Fragment of the Gospel of Matthew in the Michigan Collection", Harvard Theological Review, 1926, Volume 19, pp. 215-226.

[2] W. H. P. Hatch, The Principal Uncial Manuscripts Of The New Testament, 1939, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Plate XIII.

[3] Peter M. Head, "Observations on Early Papyri of the Synoptic Gospels, especially on the 'Scribal Habits'", Biblica, 1990, Volume 71, pp. 240-247.

The New Testament Manuscripts