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Artefact ID28
TM IDTM 108176
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Bodm. XXII [P. Bodmer 22] [Mississippi Coptic Codex 2]

Parchment codex containing Jeremiah, Lamentations, the Epistle of Jeremiah, and Baruch in Coptic (Sahidic). Description: P.Bodmer 22 is a portion of a parchment codex containing Jeremiah 40:3-52:34, Lamentations, Epistle of Jeremiah, and Baruch 1:1-5:5 in Sahidic. The other portion of the codex was purchased in 1955 for the University of Mississippi and was subsequently sold to the book dealer H.P. Kraus (Kraus 1983: 126-127). It is now a part of the Van Kampen Collection (Orlando, Florida, USA). The text of Lamentations is remarkable for the presence of the names of Hebrew letters written out at the beginnings of sentences. [Source: Bodmer Lab]

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

Assigned to 4th c. in ed. pr. but Kasser & Orsini say 4-5th cent.; PAThs: 375-450; Feder 2007: 70 rather 5th cent.

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

Orlando (FL), van Kampen Collection, Van Kampen MS 783;

Grand Haven, University of Mississippi, Mississippi Coptic Codex 2;

Geneva, Fondation Bodmer 22


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1964. Papyrus Bodmer XXII et Mississippi Coptic Codex II: Jérémie XL, 3-LII, 34; Lamentations; Epître de Jérémie; Baruch I, 1-V, 5 en sahidique. Cologny-Geneva: Bibliotheca Bodmeriana.

Additional bibliography

• Cabaniss, Allen. 1961. "The University of Mississippi Coptic Papyrus Manuscript: A Paschal Lectionary?" New Testament Studies 8 (1): 70–72.

• Feder, Frank. 2002. Biblia Sahidica. Ieremias, Lamentationes (Threni), Epistula Ieremiae et Baruch, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 147. Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter.

• Feder, Frank. 2007. "Die koptische Übersetzung des Alten und Neuen Testaments im 4. Jahrhundert." Hallesche Beiträge zur Orientwissenschaft 44: 70 [65-93].

• Feder, Frank. 2020. "Die ältesten Textzeugen der koptischen Septuaginta-Übersetzung." In Die Septuaginta — Themen, Manuskripte, Wirkungen. 7. Internationale Fachtagung veranstaltet von Septuaginta Deutsch (LXX.D), Wuppertal 19.–22. Juli 2018, edited by Eberhard Bons, Michaela Geiger, Frank Ueberschaer, Marcus Sigismund and Martin Meiser, 650 [643-660]. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

• Kilpatrick, G.D. 1963. "The Bodmer and Mississippi Collection of Biblical and Christian Texts."  Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 4: 33-47.

• Kraus, H.P. 1983. Cimilia: A Catalogue of Important Illuminated and Textual Manuscripts. New York: A. Colish.

• 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, Pasquale. 2008. "La maiuscola biblica coptica."  Segno e testo 6: 121-150 [esp. 131-132].

• Orsini, Pasquale. 2015. "I papiri Bodmer: scritture e libri."  Adamantius 21: 60-78.

• 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.

• Schüssler, Karlheinz. 1998. Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament sa 49–92, Biblia Coptica: Die koptischen Bibeltexte I/3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, sa 49.

• Willis, William H. 1961. "The New Collection of Papyri at the University of Mississippi." In Proceedings of the IX International Congress of Papyrology: Oslo, 19th-22nd August 1958, 389-394. Oslo: Norwegian Universities Press.

Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, Matthias Müller, 2020, 2021
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, Matthias Müller, 2020, 2021, "Artefact ID 28", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,