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Artefact ID119
TM IDTM 85882
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 31 [P.Kellis V 31]

Circular(?) letter without an outer address but adressing "my beloved daughters, the members of the holy church, of the light mind" from "a father who is in Egypt" encouraging their steadfastness, goes on to ask for some oil as being in need and afflicted, with 55 lines in Coptic (L) on recto (51 lines) and verso

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from350
Date to370
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, Manichean context, dossier connection (Makarios family letters)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 11, deposit 1 + room 9, deposit 3 east wall + room 10, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 31

Inv.-Nr. P92.10+P51E+P17D

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA store rooms


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Alcock, Anthony & Funk, Wolf-Peter. 1999. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis I P. Kell. V (P. Kell. Copt. 10–52; O. Kell. Copt. 1–2), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 9. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 204–06 & pl. 22 (and page opposite).

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 181.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 305 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2020
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2020, "Artefact ID 119", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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