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Artefact ID326
TM IDTM 702420
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. LXXXII 5290

Tall fragment from a papyrus folio containing parts of the Book of Jannes and Jambres. The text is written in Biblical Majuscule and the fragment preserves the original folio height of 18 lines. The text has preserved apostrophes (l. 5 and 6, verso) as well as several diaereses in l. 4 and 9 (verso). 

The first 8 lines of the verso (contextually preceding the recto) coincide with l. 12-16 of P.Chester Beatty inv. XVI 5a+; see ed. pr.

The apocryphal text features the magician Jannes’s dialogue with his mother as he is entrenched in flames (l. 5-6), before the final repentance. The Book of Jannes and Jambres is attested in four other witnesses, most extensively in P.Chester Beatty inv. XVI (TM 64400); see Pietersma 2015.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria


Dated on the basis of comparison with P.Oxy. XIII 1621; see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms 40 5B.108/D(4-5)a.


Editio princeps:

∙ Gonis, N, F. Maltomini, W.B. Henry and S. Slattery, et al., eds. 2016. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part LXXXII. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 1-6, no. 5290 and plate no. 1.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Lopez-Martinez, Maria Paz. 2020. "The papyri of The Book of Jannes and Jambres in the context of the lost Greek novels". Mirabilia 30, 90-113.

∙ Pietersma, Albert. 2015. The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians. Leiden: Brill.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 326", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,