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Artefact ID650
TM IDTM 59990
Findspot (DEChriM ID)30   (al-Ašmūnayn)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Aegyptus 17 (1937): 456-459

Parchment fragment containing the Shepherd of Herma Similitudines V 1:5-2:2 and 2:4-2:6.

The fragment preserves the upper part of a codex folio (measuring 9 x 14 cm) and contains 10 lines of text written in one column (with a loss of approx. 19 lines of text). The recto contains verses 1:5-2:2; the verso contains verses  2:4-2:6. The ed. pr. estimates the original folio to have measured 25 x 20 cm. There is no visible pagination, and the script is badly faded.

The ed. pr. describes the hand as an elegant and careful Biblical uncial (described as "informal" in Wayment 2012: 84) with certain ligatures between letters, yet with neat separation of words and phrases. There are no corrections or lining of the sheet. For punctuation, the scribe employs high-dots, and a paragraphos appears in l. 9 of the verso. There is no accentuation, but there are diaereses and marked rough breathings in l. 5 of the recto.

The text contains several nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra
Date from350
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the neat Biblical majuscule in the (end of) the 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Excavations of Otto Rubensohn in al-Ašmūnayn in 1906.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 13272.


Editio princeps:

∙ Stegmüller, Otto. 1937. "Christliche Texte aus der Berliner Papyrussammlung". Aegyptus 17. 456-459.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Osiek, Carolyn. 1999. The Shepherd of Hermas: A Commentary. Hermeneia: Minneapolis. 

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 664.

∙ Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). 84-85 and 287-288.

∙ Whittaker, Molly. 1967. Die apostolischen Väter 1: Der Hirt des Hermas. Berlin. 

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 650", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,