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Papyrus 70 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), designated by 70, is an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew. The surviving texts of Matthew are verses 2:13-16; 2:22-3:1; 11:26-27; 12:4-5; 24:3-6.12-15. 70 has a fairly reliable text, though it was carelessly written. The manuscript palaeographically had been assigned to the late 3rd century.[1]

Papyrus 70
New Testament manuscript
Name P. Oxy. 2384
Text Matthew 2-3; 11; 12; 24 †
Date 3rd century
Script Greek
Found Egypt
Now at Ashmolean Museum
National Archaeological Museum (Florence)
Cite E. Lobel, C. H. Roberts, E. G. Turner, and J. W. B. Barns, OP XXIV (1957), pp. 4-5.
Size 15 x 25 cm
Type Alexandrian text-type
Category I
Hand carelessly written

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.[2]

Present location

It is currently housed at the Ashmolean Museum (P. Oxy. 2384) in Oxford and at the Papyrological Institute of Florence in National Archaeological Museum (Florence)[2] (PSI 3407 – formerly CNR 419, 420).[3]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Philip W. Comfort, Encountering the Manuscripts. An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & Textual Criticism, Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005, p. 69.
  2. ^ a b Aland, Kurt; Aland, Barbara (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  3. ^ "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 26 August 2011.


Further readingEdit

  • Edgar Lobel, Colin H. Roberts, E. G. Turner, and J. W. B. Barns, Oxyrhynchus Papyri, XXIV (London: 1957), pp. 4–5.
  • M. Naldini, Nuovi frammenti del vangelo di Matteo, Prometeus 1 (Florence: 1975), pp. 195–200.
  • Comfort, Philip W.; David P. Barrett (2001). The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. pp. 473–477. ISBN 978-0-8423-5265-9.