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Artefact ID34
TM IDTM 61614
Findspot (DEChriM ID)24   (Dišnā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary, Subliterary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

Chester Beatty Ac. 1390

Papyrus bifolium from a codex containing the Gospel of John 10.8-18; 11.43-55; 11.55-12.14 in Coptic (Lycopolitan dialect) and mathematical school exercises in Greek. Part of the same ancient collection as the "Bodmer Papyri". 

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Coptic language
Date from250
Date to350
Dating criteria

Kasser 1995: End of AD03. Brashear et al 1990: mid-AD03 to mid-AD04. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Unclear provenance; In the inventory book of the Library, a note reads: "Small Village DESHNA just after NAGHI HAMADI about 2 hours before LUXOR by train. Probably from a Library of a Monastery. Found in a Jar in a cemetery". Therefore reportedly found at Ǧabal Abū Mannāʿ near Dishna (Upper Egypt) in 1952 (part of the “Dishna Papers” alongside several Bodmer Papyri), possibly the location of a Pachomian monastery, see Robinson 2011, Lundhaug 2018.

Accession number

Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, Ac 1390


Editio princeps

• Brashear, William, Wolf-Peter Funk, James M. Robinson, and Richard Smith. 1990. The Chester Beatty Codex Ac. 1390. Mathematical School Exercise in Greek and John 10:7–13:38 in Subachmimic, Chester Beatty Monographs 13. Leuven & Paris: Peeters.

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.

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1995. "Lazare conté en un lyco-diospolitain d'aspect fort étrange (Jean 10,7-13,38)." In Christianisme d'Égypte. Hommages à René-Georges Coquin, edited by Jean-Marc Rosenstiehl. Cahiers de la bibliothèque copte, 48-54. Paris-Louvain: Peeters.

• 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.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 34", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,