Get Social With Us



Artefact ID247
TM IDTM 61972
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. XIII 1594 

A nearly intact folio from a miniature vellum codex containing a singular recension of Tobias 12:14-19.

Written in a small neat uncial hand; nomina sacra; no punctuation but a diaeresis occurs on the verso which is much damaged. Traces of what may be lines of ruling in the margin of the recto, which is probably the hair-side.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria


Dated to the late 3rd c. by the ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The fragment was found in al-Bahnasā (Oxyrhynchos) during the excavations of Bernard Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt.

Accession number

Cambridge, University Library Add. Ms. 6363


Editio princeps:

· Hunt, Arthur S. and Bernard Grenfell. 1919. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part XIII. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 1-6, no. 1594.

Additional bibliography:

· Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 299-300, descr. no. 990.

· van Haelst, Joseph. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 82.

· Wagner, C. J. 2003. "Polyglotte Tobit-Synopse". Ph.D. dissertation. Göttingen. 176.

· Weeks, Stuart, Simon Gathercole and Loren Stuckenbruck. 2004. The Book of Tobit: texts from the principal ancient and medieval traditions. Fontes et Subsidia ad Bibliam pertinentes 3. Berlin / New York. 17-19.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 247", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
External links