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Artefact ID267
TM IDTM 61639
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. III 402; Gregory-Aland P9; Gregory-Aland 𝔓9; NT9

Fragment containing the First Epistle by John 4:11-17.

The papyrus fragment measures 8 x 5.2 cm, and preserves 6 lines of text on the recto and 11 lines on the verso. The text is written in a clear, uncial hand, and contains diaereses as well as abbreviations in the form of nomina sacra or supralinear, horizontal strokes for line-final elements (l. 8 κα(ί) and 10 με(νεί) of the verso).

The ed. pr. notes several curious corruptions, which indicate a particularly careless copyist.

Selection criteria-
Date from275
Date to325
Dating criteria


Dated to the end of 4/5 c. by the ed. pr. For the most recent date, see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 469.

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 (MA), Harvard University Library (Houghton Library), SM 3736.


Editio princeps:

∙ Hunt, Arthur S. and Bernard Grenfell. 1903. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part III. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 2-3, no. 402.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. Neues Testament 9.

∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 47.

∙ Clarysse, Willy and Pasquale Orsini. 2012. "Early new testament manuscripts and their dates: A critique of theological palaeography". Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 88. 443-474.

∙ Comfort, Philip W. and David P. Barrett. 1999. The complete text of the earliest New Testament manuscripts. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 69-71.

∙ Greenlee, J. Harold. 1958. "A Misinterpreted Nomen Sacrum in P9". Harvard Theological Review 51 (3). 186.

∙ Jaroš, Karl. 2006. Das Neue Testament nach den ältesten griechischen Handschriften (CD-Rom). 4593-4599, no. 2.57.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 554.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 267", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,