|TM ID||TM 65898|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. LXVI 4499; Gregory-Aland P115; Gregory-Aland 𝔓115
A large group of fragments containing the Book of Revelation (the Gospel of John; Apocalypse) 2-18 passim. The 26 fragments belong to 9 different folios, and earliest fragment probably came from the third folio of the codex; see ed. pr. The ed. pr. hightlights a specially curious reading in verse xiii 18, where the papyrus fragment names 616 as the number of the Beast, contrasting the "666" found in the majority of the text witnesses (but agreeing with the MS C). Irenaeus (Adv.Haer. 5.3.1.) was aware of, and contested, this alternative reading already in the 2nd. c. This together with other proximities marks the text as representative of the A C text type; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 143-144.
The hand is described as informal and right-sloping with cursive tendencies in the ed. pr., yet it is otherwise labeled as an example of the severe style; see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 457. The text has many instances of diareses and anastole (see e.g. p. 16 l. 129 and 133), and the ed. pr. notes that punctuation in the form of blank spaces occurs frequently before the beginning of a new verse. Ordinal and cardinal numbers are often written as figures, the line final nu is often abbreviated by a horizontal line. The text contains corrections made by both the original scribe and by another hand (i.e., a corrector) in brown ink; see ed. pr.
The ed. pr. mentions the possibility of the the text having been copied into a pre-bound codex, due to the differences in width of the written areas where the recto (prob. odd pages) employs a wider area than the verso (prob. even pages). Another point of interest is the stylistic similarities of P24 and this text, which begins where P24 ends. The connection seems to be coincidental; see ed. pr.
Other publications of the Book of Revelations include six papyrus witnesses and five parchment witnesses, i.a. P18 (=P.Oxy. VIII 1079, 3/4 c.), P24 (=P.Oxy. X 1230, 4th c.), P.Oxy. VIII 1080 (4th c.) and P.Oxy. LXVI 4500 (4th c.). The fragment partially overlaps with P24, P85 (=ZPE 4 (1969) 181-182) and P.Oxy. LXVI 4500, and presents the most extensive papyrus witness after P47 (=P.Chester Beatty III); see ed. pr.
|Selection criteria||Literary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra|
For the most recent date, see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 457.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, P. Oxy. 4499.