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Artefact ID49
TM IDTM 107962
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

Papyrus roll (volumen) containing a hymn in Coptic (I 7 dialect). Text includes references to the serpent (line 10: 'even as a serpent ceases [its] strike, that [serpent] hears [and] speaks to them), to Patek (line 11), to Adam (lines 11-12: 'Adam as you [are] of God you [are] a son of God') and to Genesis 3.2 (line 30: 'Weep for me all ye trees which [are] in paradise'). [Text translation from Christie's auction page.]

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical), Biblical quote or paraphrase, Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Material; manuscript form (roll rather than codex).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Unknown provenance; it was sold at auction with Christie’s on 13.06.2012 alongside i.a. five fragments of containing 1 Kingdoms 1 Samuel.

Accession number

Private Collection. Formerly of the Erik von Scherling collection, 127.


Editio Princeps
• Lefort, L. Th. 1939. "Fragments d'apocryphe en copte-akhmîmique." Le Muséon 52: 1-10.

Additional Bibliography
• Funk, W.-P. 1987. "Die Zeugen des koptischen Literaturdialekts I7." Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 114: 117-133.
• Kahle, Paul E. 1954. Bala'izah. Coptic Texts from Dier El-Bala'izah in Upper Egypt. Vol. 1, London: Oxford University Press, 238-239.
• Peterson, Erik. 1947. "Ein fragment des Hierakas(?)." Le Muséon 60: 257-260.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 49", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,