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Artefact ID13
TM IDTM 108137
Findspot (DEChriM ID)51   (Madīnat Māḍī)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Codex containing Manichean Synaxeis (PAThs works 862) in Coptic (L) now in Dublin (125 leaves) and Berlin (31 leaves), state of preservation even more deplorable than that of the other codices and hence so far unpublished; note that there has been some confusion over the identity of parts of that ms after the war, see Robinson 2013

Selection criteriaCoptic language
Date from380
Date to435
Dating criteria

Palaeography, book binding (quires), Manichean content, radiocarbon dating (BeDuhn, Hodgins 2017).

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

Supposedly found at Madīnat Māḍī, see Robinson 2013: 58-59.

Accession number

Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, Codex B

+ Berlin, Egytian Museum, Pap. Berlin P. 15995


Fascimile edition

• Giversen, Søren. 1986. The Manichean Coptic Papyri in the Chester Beatty Library 2: Homilies & Varia, Cahiers d’Orientalisme 15. Geneva: Cramer, ix-x & 101-126.

Additional bibliography

• BeDuhn, Jason and Greg Hodgins. 2017. "The Date of the Manichaean Codices from Medinet Madi, and Its Significance." In Manichaeism East and West, edited by Samuel N. C. Lieu, Erica Hunter, Enrico Morano and Nils Arne Pedersen, Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, Analecta Manichaica 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 10-28.

• King, Karen L. 1992. "A Progress Report on the Editiing of the Manichaean Synaxeis Codex." In Actes de la IVe Congrès Copte, Louvain-la-Neuve, 5–10 Septembre 1988, edited by Marguerite Rassart-Debergh and Julien Ries, 281-288. Loucain: Université Catholique de Louvain.

• Mirecki, Paul. 1988. "The Coptic Manichaean Synaxeis Codex: Descriptive Catalogue of Synaxis Chapter Titles." In Manichaean Studies. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Manichaeism, August 5–9, 1987, Department of History of Religions, Lund University Sweden, edited by Peter Bryder, Lund Studies in African and Asian Religions 1, 135-145. Lund: Lund University & Ultra.

• Robinson, James M. 2013. The Manichean Codices of Medinet Madi. Eugene/OR: Cascade Books, 193-197 (Berlin) & 288-302 (Dublin).

Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021, "Artefact ID 13", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,