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Artefact ID491
TM IDTM 62071
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

PSI II 127; Aland AT33

A papyrus fragment (16 x 11.5 cm) containing the Old Testament Book of Judges 1.10-19.

The folio contains one column of text per page with 19 lines (verso) and 20 lines (recto) per column. The pages are numbered 3 and 4 (the alphabetical numerals appear above the end/beginning of l. 1 in both columns), and the text on the verso precedes the recto. Parts of the outer, upper and lower margins have survived, but are quite damaged. 

The script is a straight, thin uncial with cursive elements, with documentary habits (see e.g. the abbreviation of καί in l. 4, verso); see ed. pr. The texts contains diaereses and nomina sacra (l. 14 and 16 verso as well as l. 20 recto), yet no obvious signs of punctuation.

In content, the text is close to MS A (Alexandrinus). 

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

Palaeography. In the ed. pr., the fragment is given a date in the 5th c. The fragment has more recently been given an earlier date in the 2/3rd c. by Crisci in Cavallo 1998: 117-118.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The fragment was found in al-Bahnasā (Oxyrhynchus) between 1910 and 1913; see ed. pr.

Accession number

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, inv. 10006


Editio princeps:

∙ Pistelli, Ermenegildo. 1913. Papiri greci e latini II. Florence. Vitelli, G. and M. Norsa, eds. 38-40, no. 127.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Cavallo, Guglielmo, Edoardo Crisci, et al., eds. 1998. Scrivere libri e documenti nel mondo antico. Mostra di papiri della Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana. Firenze, 25 agosto-25 settembre 1998. Firenze. 117-118 (papyrus no. 36) and plate no. 31.

∙ Crisci, Edorado, ed. 2002. Papiri letterari della Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana di Firenze. Cassino: Università degli studi di Cassino, no. 91.

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. Altes Testament 33.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Supplementum, Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 116-117, descr. no. 968.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris, descr. no. 62.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 491", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,