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Artefact ID52
TM IDTM 107755
Findspot (DEChriM ID)27   (al-Ḥammāmiyya)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Papyrus codex containing the Gospel of John written in Coptic (L5 subdialect of Lycopolitan).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography, dialect.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Report by Fl. Petrie in Thompson 1924: ix-x:  The MS was found in March 1923 by Guy Brunton for the British School of Archaeology excavation at the cemetery of the village of al-Ḥammāmiyya, at Qāw al-Kabīr.

The MS was wrapped in a cloth and tied with a thread and contained in "a broken crock ... buried 18 inches under the surface, in the neighbourhood of the Roman or early Coptic graves. The pot is of red pottery painted pale buff, with a decoration in black of bands and spots, which could not be closely dated."

Accession number

Cambridge, University Library, Repository, Bible Society's Library, BSMS 137 [Thompson's John]


Editio Princeps

• Thompson, Herbert. 1924. The Gospel of St. John According to the Earliest Coptic Manuscript. Vol. 36, BSAE/ERA. London-Vienna: Adolf Holzhausen.

Additional Bibliography

• Askeland, Christian. 2012. John’s Gospel. The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text. Vol. 44, Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung. Berlin-Boston: de Gruyter, 141-143.

• Falivene, M.R., and A.F. Jesson. 1982. Historical Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Bible House Library. London: British and Foreign Bible Society.

• Kasser, Rodolphe. 1990. "A Standard System of Sigla for Referring to the Dialects of Coptic."  Journal of Coptic Studies 1, 141-151: 148.

• Kilgour, R. 1928. "Four ancient manuscripts in the Bible House Library". London: BFBS, 1928. pp. 15-38

 •Simon, J. 1946. "Note sur le dossier des textes subakhmimiques."  Le Muséon 59:497-509.

Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020, 2021
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020, 2021, "Artefact ID 52", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,