::Putting it All Together::
After spending a long time analyzing each letter at close
range, it is important to put all the words together and get
the big picture. The links below explore a few broader aspects
of the codex P46.
The Text of the Papyrus -
From papyri, to modern publications of the original Greek,
to English translations, the New Testament has appeared
in many forms. Compare the text of this papyrus in its various
Textual Variation - As mentioned
earlier, what makes P46 attractive to scholars is the presence
of variant readings. Even this short segment of P46 includes
a several minor variations from the standard text which,
while not especially significant in terms of the meaning
of the text, are important for establishing the placement
of P46 in the manuscript tradition.
Studying papyri, New Testament or otherwise, is an exciting
way to explore the ancient world, and it is the one of the
few opportunities we have to connect with the distant past
directly through the words of ancient authors. Visit our website,
Reading the Papyri, to see
more examples of writing from the ancient world.
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This website can only briefly cover many aspects of P46 and
New Testament papyri in general. If you are interested in
the topics presented here, or if you have any questions about
P46 or other New Testament papyri and would like to know more,
please consult this List of Resources.
This website would not exist without the generous support
of Dorot Foundation and the Center for Resources for Learning
and Technology at the University of Michigan. Thanks are due
to Traianos Gagos, Archivist of the University of Michigan
Papyrus Collection, for his guidance in the development of