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Artefact ID26
TM IDTM 107761
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Bodm. VI [P. Bodmer 6]

Parchment codex containing Proverbs 1:1-21:4 in Coptic (dialect P). "The remains of this codex consist of 64 parchment folios containing Proverbs 1:1-21:4 in Coptic (dialect P). P.Bodmer 6 has been of great interest to scholars because of its rare dialect, for which it is the only witness. This dialect is sometimes called proto-Theban, or proto-Sahidic. Wolf-Peter Funk identifies this dialect as the dialect belonging the farthest South of all known dialects. The codex shows signs of having been partially destroyed by a rodent. There is no precise data for the acquisition of P.Bodmer 6. Kasser states that when P.Bodmer 6 was presented to him, its leaves were found between the wooden boards of another codex, P.Bodmer 19 (Kasser, Papyrus Bodmer VI, viii)." (Bodmer Lab)

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography (Kasser 1960: xiii)

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 6


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1960. Livre des Proverbes. Papyrus Bodmer VI. Corpus scriptorum christianorum orientalium 184 & 195. Scriptores Coptici 27 & 28. Louvain: Secréteriat du Corpus SCO.

Additional bibliography

• 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: 22 [8-40].

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1990.  "A Standard System of Sigla for Referring to the Dialects of Coptic." Journal of Coptic Studies 1: 149 [141-151].

• 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. 2019. Studies on Greek and Coptic Majuscule Scripts and Books. Studies in Manuscript Cultures. Vol. 15, Berlin-Boston: de Gruyter: 56, tav. 5.

• 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.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 26", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,