|TM ID||TM 65893|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. LXVI 4494; Gregory-Aland P110; Gregory-Aland 𝔓110
A papyrus fragment containing the Gospel of Matthew verses 10:13-15 and 10:25-27 with several singular readings.
The text is written in a sloping, reformed documentary hand with intermittent adherence to bilinearity; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 171. The ed. pr. describes the hand as 'handsome' and largely bilinear. The lettering is decorated with serifs, and the text is punctuated by a multiplicity of spaces and points. Additionally, the scribe used several diaereses (l. 3 and 6), breathings (rough breathings in l. 2, 6 and 7 of the verso) and apostrophes (l. 7 recto as well as l. 3 and 6 verso). The ed. pr. notes that there is only one superlinear abbreviation of a nu (αὐτη(ν) of l. 2, verso) and one occurrence of a nomen sacrum (κς in l. 2, recto; κυριός "Lord"). The scribe has also made a couple of corrections in l. 2 (recto), among which he has corrected the sigma to a zeta in Βεελ’ζεβουλ.
The fragment has multiple unique readings, inter alia a genitive absolute construction that is otherwise rendered by a middle participle in the MSS (ἐξερχομένων for ἐξερχόμενοι in Matt 10:14). This construction is further developed by the 2. person plural pronoun ὑμῶν which is absent from other attestations. Other variants include ἐκμάξα[τε] (imp. "wipe!") for ἐκτινάξατε (imp. "shake!") in 10:14, an omission of ὑμῶν in 10:13a, a reversal of word order in 10:25 and a change of preposition in 10:14 from ἐκ to ἀπό, probably influenced by Luke 9:5; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 172.
|Selection criteria||Literary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra|
Dated to the first half of the 4th c. in the ed. pr. by comparison with P.Chester Beatty I (3rd c.), P.Flor. II 108 (mid-3rd c.), and P.Oxy. XV 1778 (4th c.). The fragment is placed even earlier (first half of the 3rd c.) by Comfort 2005: 76.
For the most recent date (4th c.), see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 472.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, P. Oxy. 4494.