New Study of P.Oxy 1228
I’m pleased to announce the publication of my essay on the curious fragments of the Gospel of John comprising P22 (or P.Oxyrhynchus 1228) in the recently-published volume of essays in honor of Michael Holmes: “A Fresh Analysis of P.Oxyrhynchus 1228 (P22) as Artefact,” in Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity, eds. Daniel M. Gurtner, Juan Hernandez and Paul Foster (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 206-16. The pre-publication version of my essay is available on this blog site under the “Selected Published Essays” tab here.
P22 (as identified in the Gregory-Aland list of NT papyri) comprises two fragments with a few verses of the Gospel of John, remnants of two columns from what appears to have been a roll, which makes this an interesting item (nearly all manuscripts of NT writings are codices). Also, the text is on the outer surface of that roll (the side with the papyrus fibres running vertically, and so the text written across the fibres), but the inner surface (with the horizontal fibres) is blank. Doubly curious!
To my knowledge, my autopsy analysis is the first of such detail since the original publication of the fragments by Grenfell & Hunt in 1914.
It is a personal pleasure to honor my friend, Michael Holmes, whose scholarly expertise and contributions have generated also my admiration for many years.