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Artefact ID29
TM IDTM 108542
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Bodmer XXIII; P. Bodmer 23

Papyrus codex containing Isaiah 47:1-66:24 in Coptic (Sahidic). The papyrus of the codex itself is of a poor quality forcing the scribe to skip over the imperfections in the papyrus while writing (page 33). The text is written in a remarkably pure Sahidic (Kasser, Papyrus Bodmer XXIIII, 23). [Source: Bodmer Lab].

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

"This is one of the few codices of the 'Bodmer Papyri' that can be dated with confidence thanks to information gathered from the documents extracted from the front of its leather cover (economic information places the documents in the early fourth century; the cover must have been constructed at some point after that)." (Bodmer Lab)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Cologny, Martin Bodmer Foundation, P. Bodmer 23

Schüssler sa 48


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1965. Papyrus Bodmer XXIII: Esaïe XLVII, l-LXVI, 24 en sahidique. Cologny-Geneva: Bibliotheca Bodmeriana.

Additional bibliography

• Di Bitonto Kasser, Anna. 1998. "P. Bodmer LI recto: esercizio di divisione sillabica."  Museum Helveticum 55: 112-118.

• 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: 8-40.

• Orsini, Paola. 2008. "La maiuscola biblica coptica."  Segno e testo 6: 121-150 [esp. 121-144].

• Orsini, Paola. 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. 1996. Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament sa 21–48, Biblia Coptica: Die koptischen Bibeltexte I/2, 106 [sa 48]. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020, "Artefact ID 29", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,