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Artefact ID330
TM IDTM 64488
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary

P.Oxy. XVII 2068

A collection of liturgical (?) fragments (two small fragments and one larger fragment) from a papyrus roll comprised of two or more columns of text; see ed. pr.

There occurrs an unusual nomen sacrum βς in l. 17 and 14 (contraction of βασιλεύς "king"), and the text is punctuated by mid-stops (l. 3 and 17, recto, col. i of fr. 1); see ed. pr. 

The text is not obviously liturgical, yet it contains references to the Deuteronomy 6.2 (perhaps also to psalm 105(106).22) as well as scattered allusions to the Old Testament; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 348.

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria


Dated on the basis of comparison with P.Oxy. VI 850 (4th c.); see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms P. Oxy. 2068.


Editio princeps:

∙ Hunt, Arthur S. 1927. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part XVII. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 5-6, no. 2068 and plate no. 1.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 96.

∙ Epp, Eldon Jay. 2004. "The Oxyrhynchus New Testament Papyri: "Not without Honor except in Their Hometown"?". Journal of Biblical Literature 123 (1). 49-55. 

∙ Kilpatrick, G. D.  1964. "Dura-Europos: The Parchments and Papyri". GRBS 5. 222 n. 14.

∙ Roberts, Colin H. 1979. Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt. London. 17 and 13.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Descr. no. 966.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 330", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,