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Artefact ID367
TM IDTM 65899
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Oxy. LXVI 4500; Gregory-Aland 0308; Uncial 0308

A relatively small parchment fragment from a miniature codex containing the Book of Revelation verses 11:15-18. Another miniature codex with similar content and format, also probably containing 14 lines of text to the folio originally, is P.Oxy. VIII 1080 (4th c.). 

The text appears to have been written by a highly skilled scribe as the script is a very distinct and neat small uncial, yet no lectional aids nor any forms of punctuation occur in the small sample of text. The number '24' is written in alphabetical numerals with a superlinear stroke in l. 6. In the ed. pr., the script is compared to that of P.Amh. II 24 and 0171

The folio contains one unique reading that is unattested in the Greek witnesses (καί before [τοῖς προφήταις] in l. 10-11), which is otherwise found in a Sahidic Coptic and an Old Latin MS; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 161. The verses overlap with the text of P47 and P.Oxy. LXVI 4499, and the text generally agrees with Codex Sinaiticus except in 11:16 where the text reads κα]θημενο[ι instead of καθηνται of the Sinaiticus.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from250
Date to350
Dating criteria


Dated to the 4th c. by the ed. pr. For the most recent date, see Clarysse / Orsini 2012: 465 and 472.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, P. Oxy. 4500.


Editio princeps
∙ Gonis, N., J. Chapa, W.E.H. Cockle, D. Obbink, P.J. Parsons and J.D. Thomas, et al., eds. 1999. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, part LXVI. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London. 35-37, no. 4500 and plates no. 1-2.

Additional bibliography
∙ Blumell, Lincoln H. and Thomas A. Wayment. 2015. Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents and Sources. Waco, Texas. Papyrus no. 38.
∙ Clarysse, Willy and Pasquale Orsini. 2012. "Early new testament manuscripts and their dates: A critique of theological palaeography." Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 88. 443-474.
∙ Elliott, J.  K. 2000. "Seven Recently Published New Testament Fragments From Oxyrhynchus." Novum Testamentum 42 (3): 212.
∙ Jaroš, Karl. 2006. Das Neue Testament nach den ältesten griechischen Handschriften (CD-Rom). 4604-4611, no. 2.59.
∙ Malik, Peter. 2018. "The Greek Text of Revelation in Late Antique Egypt: Materials, Texts, and Social History." Zeitschrift Für Antikes Christentum 22 (3). 416-418.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 367", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,