The Rylands Library Papyrus P52 is also known as the St. John's fragment and has the accession reference Papyrus Rylands Greek 457. It is a fragment from a Greek papyrus codex.
It measures only 3.5 by 2.5 inches at its widest.
The Rylands Library Papyrus P52 is located with the Rylands Papyri at the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, UK. This papyrus has been on permanent display in the library's Deansgate building since 2007.
Not all of the Greek text of John 18:31-33
ΟΙ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΟΙ ΗΜΕΙΝ ΟΥΚΕΞΕΣΤΙΝ ΑΠΟΚΤΕΙΝΑΙ
ΟΥΔΕΝΑ ΙΝΑ Ο ΛΟΓΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΙΗΣΟΥ ΠΛΗΡΩΘΗ ΟΝ ΕΙ-
ΠΕΝ ΣΗΜΑΙΝΩΝ ΠΟΙΩ ΘΑΝΑΤΩ ΗΜΕΛΛΕΝ ΑΠΟ-
ΘΝΗΣΚΕΙΝ ΙΣΗΛΘΕΝ ΟΥΝ ΠΑΛΙΝ ΕΙΣ ΤΟ ΠΡΑΙΤΩ-
ΡΙΟΝ Ο ΠΙΛΑΤΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΦΩΝΗΣΕΝ ΤΟΝ ΙΗΣΟΥΝ
ΚΑΙ ΕΙΠΕΝ ΑΥΤΩ ΣΥ ΕΙ O ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΙΟΥ- ΔΑΙΩN
Although there is debate on the subject, it is generally dated to the first half of the second century, or sometime between 100-150 CE.
The Rylands manuscript helps establish an early date for the writing of the gospels. If the book of John was written in the first half of the second century, then that means that the other gospels would have been written even earlier than that. This manuscript gives us greater confidence in the reliable transmission of the Bible throughout history.