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Artefact ID643
TM IDTM 62012
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary, Subliterary

ZPE 14 (1974): 197-200; Var23

Fragment containing Ode 8 = Daniel 3:52-84. The verses 54-57 and 69-76 are lost in lacunae.

The ode is an opistograph written on the verso of P.Mich. inv. 6427 (recto), which contains Isaias 40:16 and the Shepherd of Hermas Mandata 1.1 (early 4th c., provenance N/A). The papyrus sheet was apparently turned 180 degrees before accomodating the text on the verso; see ed. pr. The surviving sheet (in two fragments) measures 13.5 x 12 cm +  9.5 x 4.5 cm.

The text is arranged in two columns. Col. i. contains 5 legible lines followed by a lacuna of 10 lines, and finally 8 legible lines (23 lines in total); col. ii preserves 5 lines, followed by a lacuna of 8 lines, and finally 10 legible lines. Line 1 of col. 1. appears to contain the rests of a subtitle, and the ed. pr. reconstructs it as Ὕμνος τῶν τριῶν παίδ]ων for the three companions of David.

The text does not contain any new textual variants.

The text contains diaereses and nomina sacra,  and no punctuation is visible.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Subliterary genre (Liturgical), Nomina sacra
Date from350
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the fragment in the late 4th c., after the text of the recto (P.Mich. inv. 6427; early 4th c.)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 6427 (Verso)


Editio princeps:

∙ Gronewald, Michael. 1974. "Ein liturgischer Papyrus: Gebet und Ode 8: P. Mich. Inv. 6427". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 14. 197-200.

Additional bibliography:

· Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. Varia 23.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 11-13 and 257-258, descr. no. 2154 .

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 246a.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 643", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,