Papyrus 74

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P. Bodmer XVII, Acts †; Catholic epistles †
P. Bodmer XVII, Acts †; Catholic epistles †

Papyrus 74 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by Image:C3945eee4633c095c5059f9a67aca5f7.png74, is a copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Acts of the Apostles and Catholic epistles with lacunae. The manuscript paleographically had been assigned to the 7th century.[1]




The surviving texts are verses: Acts 1:2-28:31 †; James 1:1-5:20 †; 1 Peter 1:1-2,7-8,13,19-20,25; 1 Peter 2:6-7,11-12,18,24; 1 Peter 3:4-5; 2 Peter 2:21; 3:4,11,16; 1 John 1:1,6; 2:1-2,7,13-14,18-19,25-26; 3:1-2,8,14,19-20; 4:1,6-7,12,18-19; 5:3-4,9-10,17; 2 John 1:1,6-7,13; 3 John 1:6,12; Jude 1:3,7,11-12,16,24.


Despite the late date, it is an important manuscript and excelent witness for the book of Acts.[2]

The Greek text of this codex is a representative of the Alexandrian text-type. Aland ascribed it as a “strict text”, and placed it in Category I.[1]

It does not contain Acts 15:34.[3]

Acts 20:28 it reads του κυριου (of the Lord) — A C* D E Ψ 33 36 453 945 1739 1891, instead of the Alexandrian του Θεου (of the God), or the Byzantine του κυριου και του Θεου (of the Lord and God).[4]
Acts 27:16 — καυδα (name of island), this reading is supported only by Vaticanus, 1175, Old-Latin version, Vulgate, and Peshitta.[5]
Present location

It is currently housed at the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana (P. Bodmer XVII) in Cologny.[1]

See also


  • 1. Kurt Aland, and Barbara Aland, The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism, transl. Erroll F. Rhodes, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995, p. 101.
  • 2. Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 72.
  • 3. NA26, p. 478.
  • 4. NA26, p. 384.
  • 5. NA26, p. 403.

Further reading

  • Rudolf Kasser, Papyrus Bodmer XVII: Actes des Apôtres, Epîtres de Jacques, Pierre, Jean et Jude (Cologny/Geneva: 1961).

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