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Artefact ID635
TM IDTM 62055
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Schøyen I 14 (P.Schoyen I 14); P.Rainer Cent. 27

Parchment fragments from a miniature codex reused as binding. The fragment contains Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus 29:13-26.

The two fragments measure 4.5 x 5 cm and 7 x 7 cm. The original size of the miniature codex is estimated to have been approx. 11 x 9 cm. The parchment fragment was reused as binding, similarly to P.Schøyen I 18.

The hand is described as a small, neat Biblical majuscule, and the borders of the folio are lined.

The fragment confirms the rarely attested reading of "τὸ στόμα" in verse 24; see Treu 1984: 60.

According to Römer, the editio princeps (P.Rainer Cent. 27) is preferable to the reedition (P.Schøyen I 14) as concerns the line division and layout of the transcript; see Römer 2005: 339.

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

Palaeography. Dated by the ed. pr. to the 3/4 c. The date was later placed in the beginning of the 5th c. by the palaeographer Pasquale Orsini; Orsini 2005: 119-120.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Oslo, Private collection Schøyen MS 2633. The fragment was previously kept in Vienna as part of the private collection of Fackelmann, no. 12.


Reference edition:

∙ Agosti, Gianfranco. 2005. Papyri Graecae Schøyen I. Pintaudi, R., ed. Florence. 45-48, papyrus no. 14 and plate no. 9.  

Editio princeps:

∙ Niederwimmer, Kurt. 1983. Festschrift zum 100-jährigen Bestehen der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer. Vienna. P271-273, papyrus no. 27 and plate no. 48.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Orsini, Pasquale, and Edoardo Crisci, eds. 2005. Manoscritti in maiuscola biblica: materiali per un aggiornamento. Rome. 119-120.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 444-445, no. 863.

∙ Römer, C. 2005. "280b". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 51 (2). 339-340.

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1985. "280b". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 31. 60.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 635", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,