The construction of P.Bodmer VIII and the Bodmer "Composite" or "Miscellaneous" Codex

Brent Nongbri*

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The construction of the so-called Bodmer Composite or Miscellaneous codex has been an ongoing problem since the publication of its constituent parts began in the 1950s. A recent inspection of high resolution digital images of P.Bodmer viii shows compellingly that this portion of the codex had more than one phase of use, was originally part of a separate codex, and was only later removed and joined to the other sections of the Bodmer "composite" codex. The New Testament manuscript known as P72 (P.Bodmer vii + P.Bodmer viii) is thus a codicological unity only in a secondary sense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-410
Number of pages17
JournalNovum Testamentum
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • P72
  • P.Bodmer VIII
  • Bodmer Papyri
  • codex construction


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