Papyrus Merton 51.

A fragment of an ancient Christian gospel?


One of our many sources for primitive Christianity.

Century III.

While this text sounds like it could derive from an ancient Christian gospel, it may also derive from a commentary or homily on one of the gospels.

Recto.

Lines 1-9:

  1. [...λα]ος και οι τελω[ναι]
  2. [... εδικ]αιωσαν τον θ{εο}ν
  3. [...] αμαρτιας εαυτων
  4. [... ο]υκ εβαπτισαντο
  5. [...]λην του θ{εο}υ
  6. [... θ{εο}]υ ηθετησαν
  7. [...] αθετει·
  8. [... μ]ετ αυτο[υ]
  9. [....]
  1. [...pe]ople and the tax-[collectors]
  2. [... just]ified G{o}d
  3. [...] their sins
  4. [...] were [n]ot baptized
  5. [...] of G{o}d
  6. [... of G{o}]d they rejected
  7. [...] rejected.
  8. [... w]ith hi[m]
  9. [....]

Confer Luke 7.29-30.

Verso.

Lines 10-17:

  1. [... πονη]ρου προφερ[ων ...]
  2. [ε]φερεν ως εκ π[ονηρου ...]
  3. ρον και οτε αποσ[τελλ...-]
  4. θου θησαυρου τη[ς ...]
  5. απολλυτ[αι ...]
  6. [αυ]της ουκ αρ[α ...]
  7. [...] ου ποιειτε [...]
  8. [...]ου λεγ[οντος ....]
  1. [... of e]vil bearing for[th ...]
  2. [b]ore forth as from e[vil ...]
  3. ...and when ... se[nd... -]
  4. ... of the treasure of th[e ...]
  5. destroy[s ...]
  6. [of] it not [...]
  7. [...] you do not do [...]
  8. [...] say[ing ....]

Confer Luke 6.45, 46. Refer also to the synopsis of papyrus Merton 51 and Luke 6.45-46; 7.29-30 by Ovadyah.