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Artefact ID21
TM IDTM 107758
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

P.Bodm. III [P.Bodmer 3]

Papyrus codex containing the Gospel According to John and the beginning of Genesis (1:1–4:2) in Coptic (B4: early Bohairic). The remains of this codex consist of 72 identifiable papyrus folios and numerous fragments. The original codex would have contained a complete copy of the Gospel According to John and Genesis 1:1-4:2 in early Bohairic. Robinson states that P.Bodm. 3 was brought to Geneva in September of 1955 by Phocion Tano along with P.Bodm. 2 (Robinson 2011: 40-41, 164). [Source: Bodmer Lab].

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Coptic language
Date from301
Date to400
Dating criteria

Palaeography (Kasser 1958: V)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Unclear provenance; reportedly found at Ǧabal Abū Mannāʿ near Dishna (Upper Egypt) in 1952 (part of the “Dishna Papers” alongside several other Bodmer Papyri), possibly the location of a Pachomian monastery, see Robinson 2011, Lundhaug 2018.

Accession number

Geneva, Fondation Bodmer, P. Bodmer 3


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1958. Papyrus Bodmer III. Evangile de Jean et Genèse I-IV, 2 en bohaïrique, Corpus scriptorum christianorum orientalium 177 & 178/Scriptores coptici 25 & 26. Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO.

Additional bibliography

• Feder, Frank. 2020. "Die ältesten Textzeugen der koptischen Septuaginta-Übersetzung." In Die Septuaginta — Themen, Manuskripte, Wirkungen. 7. Internationale Fachtagung veranstaltet von Septuaginta Deutsch (LXX.D), Wuppertal 19.–22. Juli 2018, edited by Eberhard Bons, Michaela Geiger, Frank Ueberschaer, Marcus Sigismund and Martin Meiser, 647-651 [643-660]. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

• Fournet, Jean-Luc. 2015. "Anatomie d'une bibliothèque de l'Antiquité tardive: l'inventaire, la faciès et la provenance de la 'Bibliothèque Bodmer'." Adamantius 21: 8-40.

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1991. “Paleography”. In The Coptic Encyclopedia VIII, edited by Aziz Suryal Atiya, 175–184. New York: Macmillan.

• Lundhaug, Hugo. 2018. “The Dishna Papers and the Nag Hammadi Codices: The Remains of a Single Monastic Library?” In The Nag Hammadi Codices and Late Antique Egypt, edited by Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 329-386.

• Orsini, Paola. 2015. "I papiri Bodmer: scritture e libri." Adamantius 21: 60-78.

• Robinson, James M. 2011. The Story of the Bodmer Papyri: From the First Monastery's Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

• Sharp, Daniel B. 2016. Papyrus Bodmer III. An Early Coptic Version of the Gospel of John and Genesis, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 48. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

• Szirmai, Ján Alexander. 1999. The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, Matthias Müller, 2020, 2021
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, Matthias Müller, 2020, 2021, "Artefact ID 21", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,