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Artefact ID30
TM IDTM 108121
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Bodmer XLI; P.Bodmer 41

Seven leaves of a papyrus codex containing a portion of the Acts of Paul in Coptic (L56 dialect). The seven papyrus leaves that make up P.Bodmer 41 narrate the “Ephesus episode” known from other copies of the Acts of Paul. The pages of P.Bodmer 41 were numbered in the upper margin, but the numbers are only preserved on the leaf containing pages 13-14. One leaf (containing pages 5-6) seems not to have survived. The 6 letters unique to the Coptic language are spelled out at the end of the text in the hand of the original scribe. The leaves making up P.Bodmer 41 are said bought by Martin Bodmer from an antiquities dealer in Cairo around 1956 (Kasser and Luisier, “Le Papyrus Bodmer XLI,” 281). [Source: Bodmer Lab]

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Coptic language
Date from350
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography, Kasser & Luisier (2004: 288 "seconde moitié du IVe siècle")

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

Geneva, Fondation Bodmer 41


Editio princeps

• Kasser, Rodolphe, and Philippe Luisier. 2004. "Le Papyrus Bodmer XLI en édition princeps: L'épisode d'Éphèse des Acta Pauli en Copte et en traduction."  Le Muséon 117: 281-384.

Additional bibliography

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Snyder, Glenn E. 2013. The Acts of Paul: The Formation of a Pauline Corpus. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 30", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,