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Papyrus 53

Papyrus 53 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), signed by \mathfrak{P}53, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Matthew, and Acts, it contains only Matt. 26:29-40; Acts 9:33-10:1. The manuscript palaeographically had been assigned to the 3rd century. These two fragments were found together, they were part of a codex containing the four Gospels and Acts or Matthew and Acts.[1]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type (proto-Alexandrian). Aland ascribed it as "at least Normal text", and placed it in Category I.[2]

It is currently housed at the University of Michigan (Inv. 6652) in Ann Arbor.[2][3]

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Further reading

  • Henry A. Sanders, A Third Century Papyrus of Matthew and Acts, in: Quantulacumque: Studies Presented to Kirsopp Lake (London: 1937), pp. 151-161.
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