The Hanna Papyrus 1 (Mater Verbi)
The Vatican Apostolic Library wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the Hanna family and to the Solidarity Association for its donation to the Library, in January 2007, of one of the most important and precious manuscripts of the Gospels, Hanna Papyrus 1 (Mater Verbi), which was previously kept at the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana in Cologny, Switzerland. Copied in the early third century A.D., it is one of the oldest surviving witnesses of the text of the New Testament.
Hanna Papyrus 1 (Mater Verbi) (P75), f. 1B2v
Hanna Papyrus 1 (Mater Verbi) (P75), f. 2A8r
For certain passages, such as Jn 6,12-16, it is the oldest surviving witness.
Known to scholars as P75, this papyrus constitutes one of the most important sources for the reconstruction of the text of the Gospels. It is also the earliest manuscript to preserve, on a single page, the passage from the end of one Gospel to the beginning of the next, thus providing the earliest direct evidence for the order of books in the canon of the Gospels.