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Artefact ID562
TM IDTM 67939
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

MPER N.S. XXIX 27 + 28; Gregory-Aland 0215; Gregory-Aland 059

Parchment fragments containing the second gospel of Mark 15:20-38.

Two fragments from a miniature codex, presenting one of the earliest witnesses to this section of Mark; see Jongkind 2014.

Fragment A measures 5,4 x 5 cm (G 36112) and preserves the bottom margin of the folio; Fragment B measures 9,4 x 9,7 cm (G 39779), and preserves parts of the top- and side margins. Both fragments present the text on the hair-side as preceding the flesh-side, and the context suggests that the fragments belong to coinciding folios. Curiously, the codex appears to be missing the verse 15:28, a lacuna which is adttested in other witnesses to the Gospel of Mark.

A small fragment (beyond the folding-line) conjoined to G 39779 offers some difficulties, as the letters are seemingly written in a different hand and in different ink, and perhaps preserving a separate text beyond the Gospel of Mark (Jungkind suggests that the text-addition preserves a type of notes; see Jungkind 2014).

The hand is described as a Biblical majuscule.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from350
Date to450
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the miniature codex in the mid-3rd/mid 4th c. The fragments were dated to the end of the 4th c. by P. Orsini and G. Cavallo; see Cavallo 1967: 67 and Orsini 2005: 245 and 278.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Vienna, Nationalbibliothek G 36112 + G 39779


Reference edition:

∙ Porter, Stanley E. and Wendy J. Porter, eds. 2008. Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Wien, Neue Serie: Vol. XXIX: New Testament Greek papyri and parchments. Vienna. Papyri no. 27 and 28 and plate no. 21.

Editiones principes:

∙ Sanz, Peter. 1946. Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Wien, Neue Serie: Vol.  IV: Griechische literarische Papyri christlichen Inhalts I (Biblica, Väterschriften und Verwandtes. Vienna. Papyrus no. 34.

∙ Wessely, Carl. 1912. Studien zur Palaeographie und Papyruskunde XII. Leipzig. Papyrus no. 186.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Cavallo, Guglielmo. 1967. Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica. Firenze: Le Monnier. 67, plate no. 46b.

∙ Gregory, Caspar René. 1909. Textkritik des Neuen Testamentes. Leipzig. 73-74.

∙ Jongkind, D. 2014. "Short Note: 059 (0215) and Mark 15:28". TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 19 (3). < >

∙ Orsini, Pasquale, and Edoardo Crisci, eds. 2005. Manoscritti in maiuscola biblica: materiali per un aggiornamento. Cassino: Università degli Studi di Cassino. Record no. 28.

∙ Schefzyk, J. 2006. Alles echt. Älteste Belege zur Bibel in Ägypten. Mainz am Rhein. 120, record no. 53 (inv. 36112).

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 397.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 562", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,