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Artefact ID478
TM IDTM 62008
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Köln IV 167; P.Koeln IV 167

Parchment fragment (14 x 20 cm) containing parts of the Book of Wisdom (Sapientia Salomonis) 17.5-20 of the Old Testament. The parchment appears to have been cut in the upper corner along a curved line.

The fragment is the oldest witness for this text aside from MS V. The text is arranged in one column (31-35 lines) on both sides, and contextually the flesh-side precedes the hair-side. The hair-side has page number 65 above the column.

The verses follows the standard cola-format, and there are guiding-lines mapped out on the left and right side of the folio together with guiding-marks within the text as well. There are no diacritical marks, accents or breathings marked in the text. There are no nomina sacra.

The script is an elegant, slanting majuscule, comparable to the script of P.Chester Beatty VI 11 (Ecclesiasticus, 300-350, Aphroditopolis).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from375
Date to435
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the text in the early 4th c. due to the regularity and clarity of the majuscule. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Findspot and provenance unknown.

Accession number

Cologne, Papyrussammlung P. 5849


Editio princeps:

∙ Römer, Cornelia Eva. 1982. Kölner Papyri IV. Kramer, B., C. Römer and D. Hagedorn, eds. Opladen. 11-16, papyrus no. 167 and plates no. 2-3.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. 181-181, descr. no. 859.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 478", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,