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Artefact ID480
TM IDTM 62003
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

AfP 46 (2000): 16-17 (papyrus no. 2)

Fragment (8.8 x 7.4 cm) from a papyrus codex containing OT Psalms 88.4-8 and 15-18.

The fragment preserves 26 lines of text (original amount is estimated to ca. 33 lines per column; see ed. pr.), and is broken on its sides and the top. The bottom margin is preserved and measures approx. 2 cm.

The hand is descriped as upright, rounded and competent. For punctuation and diacrritical marks, the text makes use of diaereses and the apostrophe after the Hebrew name David in l. 2-3. The lines are not arranged strictly stichometrically, and the end of the cola are marked with a dicolon. A sub-title ("di-Psalm") occupies l. 6 of the recto. The text employs several nomina sacra.

Despite a few errors and a smaller omission (see the loss of κύριε "Lord" in l. 6), the text mostly agrees with the MS B and S.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. compares the rounded, upright hand to P.Beatty XII (Melito of Sardes from the early 4th c., Aphroditopolis) and P.Bodm XXIV (OT Psalms from the 3rd c., Panopolis).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Findspot and provenance are unknown.

Accession number

Durham (NC), Duke University, P. 740 (formerly stored under inv. "P.Duk.inv. W81 1").


Editio princeps:

∙ Gonis, Nikolaos. 2000. "Two Psalm-Fragments in the Duke Papyrus Collection". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 46 (1). 14-18, papyrus no. 2 and plates no. 1 and 3.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 110-111, descr. no. 2198.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 480", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,