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Artefact ID405
TM IDTM 62038
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

BKT VIII 24; P.Berol. inv. 16990.

A vellum fragment containing the Book of Exodus 34:18–20 concerned with the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

The fragment contains 10 verses (2 verses estimated lost) on both the recto and the verso, with upper and side margins preserved. The vellum material is quite thin and translucent. The ink is brown.

The text is written in pointed, slanting uncials of about 2.5-3mm height. No punctuation or diacritical marks occur.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Kurt Treu places the fragment in the 4th c. by comparison with P.Berol. 11766; see Trey 1970: 51 n. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Find-site and provenance unknown.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 16990


Editio princeps:

• Stegmüller, Otto, ed. 1939. Berliner Klassikertexte VIII: Berliner Septuagintafragmente.  Papyrus no. 24.

Additional bibliography:

• Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 35-36, descr. no. 978.

• Treu, Kurt. 1970. "Neue Berliner Septuagintafragmente". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 20. 51-52 and plate no. 4a.

• Treu, Kurt. 1973. "Christliche Papyri IV". Archiv für Papyrusforschung  22/23. 368.

• van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 41.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 405", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,