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Artefact ID329
TM IDTM 768443
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. LXXXIII 5347; Gregory-Aland P139; Gregory-Aland 𝔓139

A small fragment containing Paulus Letter to Philemon 6-8 and 18-20, overlapping slightly with P61 (7th c., verses 4-7). The text can be supplemented by P87 (3rd c.), containing verses 13-15 and 24-25.

The text probably belonged to a two-column codex of a format (and script) comparable to P.Chester Beatty IV; see ed. pr. The hand is formal, and the script is written in the Biblical Majuscule with consistent shading. It presents stops and diaereses (l. 5, recto and verso), breathings and accentuation (l. 5 and 10, recto) as well as a forked paragraphos (l. 8, verso); see ed. pr. One can infer from l. 4 that the scribe probably did not write iota adscript, and there occur also supralinear corrections (l. 6, verso) as well as two-letter nomina sacra for Χριϲτός (l. 2, [9], recto, and perhaps also in l. 9 (verso) post correction if we consider a possible parablepsis after l. 8 ον[αιμην); see ed. pr.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from325
Date to399
Dating criteria


The date is based on comparison with P.Amh. II 24 (second half of the 4th c.); see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms 83/66(b).


Editio princeps:

∙  Parsons, P.J., N. Gonis, et al., eds. 2018. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part LXXXIII. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 11-14, no. 5347 and plate no. 2.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 329", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,