|TM ID||TM 61788|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||- ()||Class||Textual|
P.Mich. III 137; 𝔓37; Gregory-Aland P37; NT37
Papyrus fragment containing the Gospel of Matthew 26:19-52., depicting the Last Supper, the betrayal by Judas, and parts from the beginning of the Arrest of Jesus.
The fragment (originally two fragments joined to complete one folio) measures 12.1 x 22.4 cm, and contains text written in one column with 33 (recto) and 32 (verso) lines of text per column. The original amount of lines to a column is estimated to have been 33. The original size was probably 25 x 15 cm.
There is one rough breathing (see l. 8 on the recto), but no further accents. Diaereses appear rarely. Punctuation is indicated by enlarged spaces between certain phrases. These pauses have been further marked by diagonal strokes (similar to acute accents) which were a later addition, probably by a second hand, and intended as dialectical aids. These marks do not appear to coincide with stichoi.
The text contains several nomina sacra.
The ed. pr. classifies the text as an example of the Western type, with which the folio agrees concerning 56 out of 84 variants.
The hand is described as highly cursive, but shows few ligatures and links, and is associated by ed. pr. with documentary-styled letter writing.
|Selection criteria||Literary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra|
Palaeography. The ed. pr. placed the fragments in the 3rd c., with a suggestion of narrowing it down to the latter half of the century. The date was later expanded to include the 4th c. (see Aland 1967: 119).
The fragment has sincebeen placed in the second half of the 3rd c. by the palaeographers W. Clarysse and P. Orsini; see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 470.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
The provenance is possibly in the Arsinoites (Fayûm), as posited by Clark 1937: 334-335. The fragments were purchased in Cairo in 1924; see ref. ed.
Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library, P. 1570.