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Artefact ID321
TM IDTM 112359
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. LXXI 4804; Gregory-Aland P120; 𝔓120

Three small papyrus fragments containing the Gospel of John 1.25-28, 33-38, 42-44.

The text is written in Biblical Majuscule with generous amounts of interlinear space, a paragraphos between l. 28 and 29 as well as organic and inorganic diaereses (with an apostrophe in l. 54); see ed. pr.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Dated on the basis of parallels with P.Mich. III 138 (P38) and P.Beatty IV; see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The fragments were found in al-Bahnasā (Oxyrhynchos) during the excavations of Bernard Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt.

Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms 101/157 (e).


Editio princeps:

∙ Hatzilambrou, R., P.J. Parsons, J. Chapa, et al., eds. 2007. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part LXXI. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 6-9, no. 4804 and plate no. 2.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 43.

∙ Elliott, James Keith. 2010. New Testament Textual Criticism: The Application of Thoroughgoing Principles; Essays on Manuscripts and Textual Variation. Leiden: Brill. 171-173.

∙ Kruger, Michael J. 2013. “Manuscripts, Scribes, and Book Production within Early Christianity”. In Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture. Porter, S. E. and A. W. Pitts, eds. Leiden. 37 n. 106.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 321", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,