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Artefact ID644
TM IDTM 64469
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary

ZPE 14 (1974): 193-196.

Papyrus fragment containing a Christian prayer with quotes from Isaias and the Shepherd of Hermas. The papyrus sheet was later reused: on the verso, there is a later copy of Ode 8 (second half of 4th c., provenance N/A).

The papyrus sheet (preserved in two fragments) measures 13.5 x 12 cm and 9.5 x 4.5 cm. The right margin is largely preserved; the bottom and top margin remain only in part. The left side of the text is lost (approx. 9-12 letters per line). The lacuna in the centre of the sheet would have encompassed 10-12 lines, slightly more than the verso due to the smaller script.; see ed. pr. 

The recto contains a prayer to God, which ends with a series of petitions and quotes from Isaias (40.16) and the Shepherd of Hermas (Mandates 1.1).

The papyrus sheet was turned 180 degrees before accomodating the text on the verso; see ed. pr. The hand on the recto is assessed as belonging to the beginning of the 4th c., and appears earlier than the text of the verso.

The text contains diaereses as well as diastoles (l. 9 after "οὐχ", and in l. 1 on fr. ii), and line-end abbreviations (l. 1, 7, 9 and 11, as well as l. 1 and 2 of fr. ii). A 'σοι' is superlinearly inserted in the end of l. 9.

The quote from Isaias was added in a cursive script before line 1 on fr. i: An ancora-symbol appears in l. 9 on fr. i, through which the Isaias quote would be expected in the following line.

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the script of the recto in the early 4th c., before the script on the verso (Ode 8).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

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


Editio princeps:

∙ Gronewald, Michael. 1974. "Ein liturgischer Papyrus: Gebet und Ode 8: P. Mich. Inv. 6427". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 14. 193-196 and plate no. 10.

Additional bibliography.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 13.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 949a.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 644", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,