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Papyrus 115

Template:New Testament manuscript infobox Papyrus 115 (P. Oxy. 4499, designated by \mathfrak{P}115 in the Gregory-Aland numbering) is a fragmented manuscript of the New Testament written in Greek on papyrus. It consists of 12 fragments of a codex containing parts of the Book of Revelation. It dates to the 3rd century, ca. 225-275 AD.[1] Grenfell and Hunt discovered the papyrus at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.

\mathfrak{P}115 was not deciphered and published until the end of the 20th century. It is currently housed at the Ashmolean Museum.[2]


The original codex had 33-36 lines per page of 15.5 cm by 23.5 cm. The surviving text includes 2:1-3, 13-15, 27-29; 3:10-12; 5:8-9; 6:5-6; 8:3-8, 11-13; 9:1-5, 7-16, 18-21; 10:1-4, 8-11; 11:1-5, 8-15, 18-19; 12:1-5, 8-10, 12-17; 13:1-3, 6-16, 18; 14:1-3, 5-7, 10-11, 14-15, 18-20; 15:1, 4-7.[3]

The nomina sacra are written in an abbreviated way: ΙΗΛ ΑΥΤΟΥ ΠΡΣ ΘΩ ΘΥ ΑΝΩΝ ΠΝΑ ΟΥΝΟΥ ΟΥΝΟΝ ΚΥ ΘΝ ΑΝΟΥ ΟΥΝΩ.

The text-type is the Alexandrian. \mathfrak{P}115 follows the text of Codex Alexandrinus (A) and Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C).[4]

An interesting textual variant of P115 is that it gives the number of the beast as 616 (chi, iota, stigma (ΧΙϚ)), rather than the majority reading of 666 (chi, xi, stigma (ΧΞϚ)), as does Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus.

See also


Further reading

  • Juan Chapa, Oxyrynchus Papyri 66:11-39. (no. 4499).
  • Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001), pp. 664–677.
  • David C. Parker, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2009, pp. 73–92.

External links

  • Oxford University 'P. Oxy. LXVI 4499'
  • Image of the fragments of P. Oxy. LXVI 4499
Grenfell and Hunt

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