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Artefact ID392
TM IDTM 59988
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

P.Berol. 5513; P.Berol. inv. 5513; BKT 6.2.1; KV37

A papyrus sheet containing parts of the Shepherd of Hermas. The text preserved is the Parables (Similitudines)  ii 7-10 and iv 2-5 (GCS 48, 51, 7-10; 53, 2-5).

The back of the sheet is left blank, and the recto contains two columns of text. The papyrus has preserved both the bottom and intercolumnal margins, and the overall impression is that of professional work; see Wayment 2013: 82. There is no visible punctuation except in l. 6 where there is one instance of an enlarged space after τῷ θ(ε)ῷ.

The text contains nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The slightly sloping, yet overall upright uncials suggest the date of 3/4 c.; see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Purchased in the Fayyūm in 1877-1881.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 5513


Editio princeps:

∙ Diels, H. and A. Harnack. 1891. "Über einen Berliner Papyrus des Pastor Hermae". Sitzb. Berl. Akad. Berlin. 427–431.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1995. Repertorium der Griechischen Christlichen Papyri. II. Kirchenväter. Kirchenväter 37.

Choat, M. and R. Yuen-Collingridge. 2010. "The Egyptian Hermas: The Shepherd in Egypt before Constantine". Early Christian Manuscripts. Kraus, Thomas J. and Tobias Nicklas, eds. Leiden / Boston. 210-211.

∙ Crisci, E. 2005. "Note sulla piú antica produzione di libri cristiani nell’Oriente greco". Segno e Testo 3. 111. 

∙ Osiek, C. 1999. The Shepherd of Hermas: A Commentary. Hermeneia: Minneapolis. 

∙ Schmidt, Carl and Wilhelm Schubart. 1910. BKT VI. 13-17, no. II 1.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Descr. no. 662.

∙ von Ehrhard, A. 1892. "Die Berliner Hermas-Fragmente auf Papyrus". Tübinger Theologische Quartalschrift 74. 294–303.

∙ Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). London. 82-84, 286.

∙ Whittaker, Molly. 1967. Die apostolischen Väter 1: Der Hirt des Hermas. Berlin. 

∙ Wessely, C. 1924. Les plus anciens monuments du christianisme écrits sur papyrus. Vol. 2. Paris. 468-471.

∙ Wilcken, U. 1891. Tafeln zur älteren griechischen Paläographie, Nach originalen des Berliner K. Museums. Berlin / Leipzig. Taf. no. 3.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 392", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,