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SB I 2266: Letter to Papnouthios.
The opening greetings of this letter are missing, but the address on the back gives the names of the correspondents: Justinus writes to his "lord and beloved brother Papnouthios Christbearer (χρηστοφόρ[ῳ], l. χριστοφόρ[ῳ])". The object of the letter is mainly a request for Papnouthios' prayers and a gift of oil through the intermediary of their brother Makarios. Final greetings "to all our brothers in the Lord" (ἐν κ(υρί)ῳ) and wishes that the divine providence may protect the addressee "in Lord Christ".
Different elements, like the assertion that Papnouthios' "citizenship is in heaven" (7-8: πιστεύομεν γὰρ | τὴν πολιτία[ν] [σ]ου ἐν οὐρανῷ) and biblical echos, combine to suggest that Papnouthios is a monk of high standing, most likely the same holy man and head of a monastery as the one who receives P.Lond. VI 1923-1929, whereas Justinus would be a lay Christian (Choat 2000: 158, and already Bell 1924: 101-102).
About the mention of the πολιτεία, see also P.Neph. 14.
Recto: along the fibres. Verso: address, along the fibres.
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Acquired in 1897 (Bell 1924: 102).
Heidelberg, Institute for Papyrology, P. Heid. Inv. G. 1355