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Artefact ID283
TM IDTM 59991
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. XV 1783

Fragment containing the Shepherd of Hermas, Mandate no. 9.

The fragment was previously suggested to have come from the same codex as P.Oxy. XV 1828 (Luijendijk 2010: 254; Batovici 2016: 394;  Blumell / Wayment 2015: 247) but this has since been opposed (see TM page).

The codex is small / miniature (originally approx. 13 x 9.3 cm) and contains a palimpsest that runs converse to the main text. The palimpsest, although quite effaced, reads τὸν περιεσχίσθη οὐ μόνον τῷ, καὶ πληρῶ according to Hunt, and appears to be an unknown prose text which slightly predates the main text of the fragment. 

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical)
Date from300
Date to350
Dating criteria


Dated to the early 4th c. by the ed. pr. See also Crisci 2005: 140-141.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Glasgow, University Gen 1026 /22.


Editio princeps:

∙ Hunt, Arthur S. and Bernard Grenfell. 1922. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part XV. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 15-17, no. 1783.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Batovici, Dan. 2016. "A New Hermas Papyrus Fragment in Paris". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 62 (1). 20-36.

∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 67.

∙ Crisci, Edoardo. 2005. "Note sulla più antica produzione di libri cristiani nell’Oriente greco". Segno e testo 3. 93-145.

∙ Holmes, Michael. 1999. The Apostolic Fathers. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 398-399.

∙ Luijendijk, AnneMarie. 2010. "Sacred Scriptures as Trash: Biblical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus". Vig. Christ. 64. 217-254.

∙ Mercati, Silvio Giuseppe.  1925. "Passo del Pastore di Erma Riconsciuto nel Pap. Oxy. 1828." Biblica 6 (3). 336-338.

∙ Osiek, Carolyn. 1999. The Shepherd of Hermas: A Commentary. Minneapolis.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Description no. 659.

∙ Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). 155.

∙ Wessely, C. 1924. Les plus anciens monuments du christianisme écrits sur papyrus. Vol. 2. Paris. 503-504.

∙ Whittaker, Molly. 1967. Die apostolischen Väter 1: Der Hirt des Hermas. Berlin.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 283", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,