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Papyrus 66 (also referred to as P66) is a near complete codex of the Gospel of John, and part of the collection known as the Bodmer Papyri. First page of the Codex Argenteus A codex (Latin for block of wood, book; plural codices) is a handwritten book, in general, one produced from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages. ... The Gospel of John is the fourth gospel in the canon of the New Testament, traditionally ascribed to John the Evangelist. ... The Bodmer Papyri are a group of twenty-two papyri found in 1952 at Pabau near Dishna, Egypt, the ancient headquarters of the Pachomian order of monks; the discovery site is not far from Nag Hammadi. ...

The manuscript contains John 1:1-6:11, 6:35b-14:26 and fragments of forty other pages of John 14-21. It is one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts known to exist, with its writing dated at the early 3rd century. John 21:1 Jesus Appears to His Disciples--Alessandro Mantovani: the Vatican, Rome. ... A manuscript (Latin manu scriptus, written by hand), strictly speaking, is any written document that is put down by hand, in contrast to being printed or reproduced some other way. ...


  • Papyrus 66 at Bible Research



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