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
NameP. Oxy. 2384
TextMatthew 2-3; 11; 12; 24 †
Date3rd century
Now atAshmolean Museum
National Archaeological Museum (Florence)
CiteE. Lobel, C. H. Roberts, E. G. Turner, and J. W. B. Barns, OP XXIV (1957), pp. 4-5.
Size15 x 25 cm
TypeAlexandrian text-type
Handcarelessly 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.