Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 210

Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 210

Standard abbreviation: P. Oxy. 210

Other titles: none

Clavis numbers: unassigned

Category: Agrapha and Fragments

Related literature: Papyrus Merton 51

Compiled by: Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin

Posted June, 2016.

Citing this resource (using Chicago Manual of Style): Landau, Brent. “Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 210.” e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha. Accessed DAY MONTH YEAR.


P. Oxy. 210 is a quite fragmentary leaf of papyrus, probably part of an otherwise unknown apocryphal gospel. The contents of the recto are quite difficult to decipher. It has been thought that the recto contained an infancy narrative, but this is largely based on two mentions of the word “angel.” It is equally possible that the recto is some sort of apocalyptic discourse/revelation mediated by an angel. The content of the verso is more clear. Most of it consists of a discourse by Jesus, first about “good” things (trees? fruits? people?), then describing himself as an “image” and “form of God.”



3.1 Manuscripts and Editions

Cambridge, University Library, Add. MS 4048

Grenfell, Bernard P., and Arthur S. Hunt. Pages 9–10 in volume 2 of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. London: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899 (editio princeps of the manuscript).

Roberts, Colin H. “An Early Christian Papyrus.” Pages 293–96 in Miscellània papirològica Ramon Roca-Puig. Edited by Sebastià Janeras. Barcelona: Fundació Salvador Vives Casajuana, 1987.

Lührmann, Dieter, and Egbert Schlarb. Fragmente apokryph gewordener Evangelien in griechischer und lateinischer Sprache. Marburg: Elwert, 2000 (pp. 159–63).

Bernhard, Andrew E. Other Early Christian Gospels: A Critical Edition of the Surviving Greek Manuscripts. London: T&T Clark, 2007 (text p. 100, black and white plates numbered 24 and 25, pp. 108–12).

Wayment, Thomas A. The Text of the New Testament Apocrypha (100–400 CE). London: Bloomsbury, 2013 (text pp. 187–89, color plates on pages 402–403).

3.2 Modern Translations

Ehrman, Bart D., and Zlatko Pleše. Pages 259–65 in The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Ehrman, Bart D., and Zlatko Pleše. Pages 134–35 in The Other Gospels: Accounts of Jesus From Outside the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Porter, Stanley E. “Der Papyrus Oxyrhynchus II 210 (P.Oxy. II 210).” Pages 387–89 in Antike christliche Apokryphen in deutscher Übersetzung. Vol. 1.1: Evangelien und Verwandtes. Edited by Christoph Markschies and Jens Schröter. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

3.3 General Works

Porter, Stanley E. “POxy II 210 as an Apocryphal Gospel and the Development of Egyptian Christianity.” Pages 1095–1108 in Atti del XXII Congresso internazionale di papirologia: Firenze, 23–29 agosto 1998. Edited by I. Andorlini et al. Florence: Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli,” 2001.

Landau, Brent C., and Stanley E. Porter, “Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 210: A New Translation and Introduction.” Pages 107–22 in vol. 1 of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Edited by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.