This chapter examines the manuscripts containing the text of the Gospel of Mary. The Coptic version of the text of the Gospel of Mary appears as the first work in the Papyrus Berolinensis 8502 codex. The codex contains 72 sheets, with 141 numbered sides. The manuscript has been dated to the 5th century on palaeographic grounds. It is written in Sahidic in the Subachmimic dialect, and appears to have been copied from a Coptic Vorlage. The POxy 3525 text is a small scrap, measuring 11.5 x 12 cm, written in a cursive hand on one side of the papyrus only. It is broken on all sides and contains in all about 21 lines. The fact that it is broken on all sides means that none of the beginnings or ends of any of the lines are visible. The PRyl 463 manuscript is a small fragment, measuring 8.9 x 9.9 cm, written on both sides (hence probably from a codex) and containing around 16 lines extant on each side. Its provenance is probably Oxyrhynchus. Comparison with the Coptic suggests that some lines at the bottom have not been preserved.
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