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Artefact ID633
TM IDTM 64363
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

P.Yale II 88

Papyrus fragment containing a Biblical commentary or homily, with a quotation from Isaias 61:10-11.

The fragment measures 8.5 x 3.7 cm (9 x 3.6 cm in the ed pr.) and contains 12 lines of text. The verso is blank.

The ed. pr. explains the connection to the homiletic context as coming from the verb introducing the Isaias quotation (contained in l. 5-9) in l. 4; "γέγραπται" ("it is written"). The context of the homily/commentary is uncertain.

The hand is described as a large and elegant, right-sloping uncial in the Severe style. There is no visible punctuation, and the text preserves only one nomen sacrum in line 5.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Nomina sacra, Biblical quote or paraphrase
Date from250
Date to350
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the fragment in the 3/4th c. and gives a comparandum of P.Herm. 5 (fragment from the Theophanes archive, early 4th c. Hermopolis).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown. The fragment was donated to the Beinecke Library by Hans P. Kraus in December 1966 (accession denominator "1966b").

Accession number

New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library P. CtYBR 2083 a.


Editio princeps:

∙ Stephens, Susan A. 1985. Yale Papyri in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library II. Chico. 8-9, papyrus no. 88.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 255 [P. CtYBr 2083a].

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 633", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,