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Artefact ID646
TM IDTM 64470
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Coll.Youtie I 5

Papyrus fragment containing a homily(/epistle) or theological commentary citing the Psalms and the OT Lamentations.

The fragment measures 11.5 x 8 cm, and preserves 13 lines of text on the recto as well as 13 lines on the verso. A page number (iota-stigma "16") is visible above the text on the verso. The internal evidence suggests that the recto precedes the verso; see ed. pr.

The hand is described by the ed. pr. as large and inelegant, but fluent with semi-cursive tendencies and employing multiple ligatures. There are several spaces between words. 

The text appears to be concerned with the interpretation of The Old Testament from the view point of the New Testament. The editor adds that if one reads the first person in cerso of l. 1, the fragment could possibly belong to a homiy or epistle rather than to a commentary.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological)
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the text in the (early) 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown. The fragment was purchased in June 1922 through the antiquities-dealer M. Nahman for the British Museum. It belonged to a lot containing no. 918 - 932, and was paid for from the appropriation of Regents.

Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 927


Reference edition:

∙ Roberts, Colin Henderson. 1976. Collectanea Papyrologica: Texts Published in Honor of H.C. Youtie, ed. by numerous contributors under the direction of A.E. Hanson. Bonn. Papyrus no. 5.

Editio princeps:

∙ Sanders Henry A. 1943. "Three Theological Fragments". Harvard Theological Review 36. 165-166.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1969. "Christliche Papyri: Theological fragment". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 19. 197.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens.  Paris. Description no. 1148.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 646", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,