Papyrus 66

Papyrus Bodmer II (p66) 200 C.E.

This papyrus codex consists of 75 leaves and 39 unidentified fragments and was probably made up of originally 39 sheets of papyrus, folded and arranged in quires to form 78 leaves and 156 pages. The written pages are numbered consecutively from 1 to 34, 35 - 38 are missing, and then from 39 to page 108.

The leaves are nearly rectangular measuring 6.4 inches high and 5.6 inches wide.

The number of lines of text per page varies from 14 to 25. The number of letters in a line of text runs from 18 to 28. The handwriting is a good literary uncial. There is a rudimentary punctuation with a high point at the end of sentences and a double point at the end of sections. The words for God, Jesus, Lord, and Christ are always abbreviated and sometimes also man, father, spirit, and son. There is evidence of corrections, perhaps made by the scribe himself.

Some letters are missing on the right margin because of the deterioration of the edge of the papyrus sheets. Some pages have a vertical strip which was placed on the edge to reinforce the sheet.

First of all, P66 contains the word ouden where other manuscripts will read oude en. The question will be which reading is more likely to have been the original and gave rise to the other reading through scribal error?

Secondly, the question arose whether the phrase should be punctuated after ouden/oude en or after o gegonen. P66 is listed in the critical apparatus as not containing any punctuation. There does seem, however, to be an inordinate amount of space following the N. There is also a small point between the E and the N. One wonders what significance that may have?

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