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St John Fragment

[Fragment of St. John's gospel]
Fragment of St. John's gospel. Larger versions of both sides, recto and verso are available.

The Fragment of the Gospel of John is one of the Library’s most famous artefacts. This small scrap of papyrus only measures 8.9 x 6.0 cm, but provides a wealth of information.

The first side of the fragment contains the beginning of seven lines from John 18:31-33.
The reverse of the fragment contains the end of seven lines from John 18:37-38.

Where can I see the St John Fragment?

High quality digital images are available in the Library's image collections.

The Fragment itself is usually on display in the Rylands Gallery of the John Rylands Library. Due to the fragility of the item it may sometimes be necessary to remove it from display.