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Artefact ID262
TM IDTM 62342
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. XIII 1601; KV65

Fragment containing a variety of Old and New Testament texts written in brown ink, and contains a plentitude of abbreviations in documentary style (abbreviated by an elongated stroke); see ll. 24, 28, 29, and 30. Previously believed to contain a text of Origenes, but this has since been contested; see Mcnamee 1973: 28-51. The text is probably a patristic homily or commentary on the minor prophet Joel, possibly an Origenean work on Joel; see Blumell /Wayment 2015: 366. 

The text quotes Joel 1:6 and 1:8; Paulus Ephesians 6:12; The First Epistle of Peter 5:8, and Hosea 3:3.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria


Dated to the late 4/5 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

Rochester, Ambrose Swasey Library (number unknown).


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. 21-32, no. 1601.

Additional bibliography:

· Aland, Kurt. 1995. Repertorium der Griechischen Christlichen Papyri. II. Kirchenväter. Kirchenväter 65.

· Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources.Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 103.

· Junod, Éric. 1991. "Une interprétation originale de Genèse 1,28 indûment attribuée à Origène (Pap. bibl. univ. Giss. inv. 30)". RHR 71. 11-31.

· Mcnamee, Kathleen. 1973. “Origen in the papyri”. Classical Folia 27. 28–51.

· Reitzenstein, Richard. 1921. “Origenes und Hieronymus”. Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 20. 90-92.

· van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 692.

· Yuen-Collingridge, Rachel. 2010. "Hunting for Origen in Unidentified Papyri: The Case of P.Egerton 2 (= inv. 3)". Early Christian Manuscripts. Kraus, Thomas J. and Tobias Nicklas, eds. Leiden. 39-57.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 262", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,