Papyrus 29, P29

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Papyrus 29 (Gr. bibl. g. 4 (P)), P29


3rd Century CE. Grenfell et al. assigns this manuscript to late third or early fourth century.


Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.


About 5.7 cm. x 2.8 cm.

It contain a scrap from the bottom of a leaf of a papyrus codex.


It contain Acts 26:7-8 (verso) and Acts 26:20 (recto).

Textual Character

This is a tantalizing example that belongs to an abnormal recension of Acts. All that survives is 7-10 letters from the beginning or ends of 10 fairly long lines which covered 26:7-8 and 20, and the reconstructions of the lacunae are in several places doubtful; but enough remains to show that the text presented many novelties.

Metzger thinks that P29 might be "Western." The Alands describe it as a "free" text. It is to be remembered that the fragment is too small to be certain of its textual characteristics.


The script is good-sized, somewhat irregular uncial.


Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom.


[1] B. P. Grenfell & A. S. Hunt, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, XIII, 1919, 10 ff. (No. 1597).

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