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Artefact ID120
TM IDTM 85883
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 32 [P.Kellis V 32]

Personal letter without outer address to "our beloved daughter … of the holy church, the catuchemen of the faith Eirêne" from a father encouraging their steadfastness in the faith, asking to send some oil and wheat, with 24 lines in Coptic (L) on recto and Greek address on verso, same hand as P.KellisCopt. I 33

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from355
Date to365
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, Manichean context, possible connection to Makarios family letters

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 1b, deposit 2

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 32

Inv.-Nr. P92.18

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, 213–17 & pl. 24.

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 120", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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