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Artefact ID257
TM IDTM 117813
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex, Uncertain
Text contentSubliterary

P.Oxy. LXXIII 4933

Fragment containing Old Testament excerpts with messianic theme: Jeremias 38.24-26; Amos 9.11-12; Psalm 17.1-112.

Single page from what was probably a codex; it is likely that it was rather tall in format (ranging from 25 to 30 cm, see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 368). The scribe uses a form of diaeresis similar to the acute accent in l. 3, 7, 11, 13 (verso) and l. 14 (recto). Use of nomen sacrum on the reverse.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from350
Date to450
Dating criteria


Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

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

Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms 63 6B 71/H (1-5) (e).


Editio princeps:

∙ Colomo, D., ed. 2009. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part LXXIII. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. Obbink, Dirk, N. Gonisl et al., eds. London. 10-17, no. 4933.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Albl, M. C. 1999. "And Scripture Cannot Be Broken": The Form and Function of the Early Christian Testimonia Collection. Cologne. 65-69.

∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no.  104.

∙ Falcetta, A. 2003. "The Testimony Research of James Rendel Harris". NovT 45. 280-299.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 257", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,