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Artefact ID297
TM IDTM 64453
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. VI 849; P.Lond.Lit. 221

A folio from a miniature codex, containing the apocryphal Acts of Peter 25-26. Original pagination has been preserved, which numbers the folio as pages 167 and 168; medium-sized upright uncial.

The Greek text of The Acts of Peter is preserved in three witnesses; P.Oxy. VI 849, Codex Vatopedi 79 and Codex Patmos 48. The text is otherwise attested in a variety of different languages, i.a. Latin, Slavonic, Coptic, Ethiopian and Armenian. This particular section of the Acts of Peter is elsewhere attested only in the Latin Codex Vercellensis; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 258.

The text presents a scene in which Peter offers to restore a deceased servant (killed by the touch of Simon) to life through the power of his God. The scene is a trial of faith arranged by Agrippa.

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

Palaeography. Dated to the early 4th c. by the ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

London, British Library, Pap 2041.


Editio princeps:

· Hunt, Arthur S. and Bernard Grenfell. 1906. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part VI. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London, 6-12, no. 849.

Additional bilbiography:

· Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas, no. 71.

· Döhler, Marietheres. 2018. Acta Petri. Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 171. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 327-328.

∙ Geerard, Maurice. 1992. Clavis apocryphorum Novi Testamenti. Corpus Christianorum. Turnhout: Brepols, 102 no. 190.ii.

∙ Green, J. B. 1987. "The Gospel of Peter: Source for a Pre-Canonical Passion. Narrative?". ZNW 78, 293-302.

∙ Haines-Eitzen, Kim. 2006. “The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles on Papyrus: Revisiting the Question of Readership and Audience”. In New Testament Manuscripts: Their Texts and Their World, edited by Thomas J. Kraus and T. Niklas. Leiden. 

∙ Kruger, Michael J. "Manuscripts, Scribes, and Book Production within Early Christianity". In Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture, edited by S. E. Porter and A. W. Pitts. Leiden, 25-26 no. 53.

∙ Lipsius, Richard Adelbert. 1959. Acta apostolorum apocrypha. Vol. 3. Darmstadt, 8-11.

∙ Milne, H. J. M. 1927. Catalogue of the Literary Papyri in the British Museum. London. no. 221 descr. 

∙ Rimoldi, Antonio. 1955. "L'apostolo S. Pietro nella letteratura apocrifa dei primi 6 secoli". ScC 83. 196-224.

∙ Thomas, Christine M. 2003. The Acts of Peter, Gospel Literature, and the Ancient Novel: Rewriting the Past. Oxford, 72-73.

· van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris, descr. no. 603.

· Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). London, 35-36.

∙ Wessely, C. 1924. Les plus anciens monuments du christianisme écrits sur papyrus. Vol. 2. Paris, 481-482.

∙ Zwierlein, Otto. 2011. "Griechische Papyri in der Überlieferung der Acta Apostolorum Apocrypha". I papiri letterari cristiani, Studi e Testi di Papirologia NS 13, 123-125 no. 1.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 297", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,