Papyrus 72, P72

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Papyrus 72, P72


3rd / 4th Century CE.


It is considered to be a part of Jabal Abu Mana Manuscripts.


About 14.5 cm. x 16 cm. There are 16-20 lines per page. Three parts of a 72-page codex.


1 Peter 1:1-25; 2:1-25; 3:1-22; 4:1-19; 5:1-14; 2 Peter 1:1-21; 2:1-22; 3:1-18; Jude 1-25.

This manuscript also contains the Nativity of Mary, the apocryphal correspondence of Paul to the Corinthians, the eleventh ode of Solomon, Melito's Homily on the Passover, a fragment of a hymn, the Apology of Phileas and Psalms 33 and 34.

Textual Character

The scholars think that four scribes were responsible for the production of this manuscript. 1 Peter has clear Alexandrian affinities, especially with B and then with A. 2 Peter and especially Jude displays more of an "uncontrolled" text with several independent readings.


The manuscript is written in a documentary hand and contains several marginal topical descriptors.


Bibliotheca Bodmeriana, Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland. 1 and 2 Peter are in Biblioteca Vaticana.


[1] P. W. Comfort & David P. Barrett, The Complete Text Of The Earliest New Testament Manuscripts, 1999, Baker Books: Grand Rapids (Michigan) United States of America, p. 469.

The New Testament Manuscripts