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Artefact ID708
TM IDTM 61993
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Hamb. II 5; P.Ibscher 5

Parchment fragment containing Genesis 41:48-51 and 55-57.

The fragment measures 8 x 8.5 cm and preserves 14 lines of text (recto and verso) written in one column per page. The written surface is estimated to have been 12 x 11 cm originally; see ed. pr.

For punctuation, the scribe employs mid-points, and the text contains diacritical indications.

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

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the fragment in the 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown. The fragment was acquired by the Berlin Museum from the Ibscher-collection in 1962.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 18131; 

Previously part of a private collection in Berlin and known as Ibscher 5.


Editio princeps:

∙ Tiemann, H. 1954. Griechische Papyrusurkunden der Hamburger Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek II mit einigen Stücken aus der Sammlung Hugo Ibscher. Snell, Bruno et. al., eds. Hamburg. 131-132, papyrus no. 5.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Cavallo, Guglielmo. 1967. Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica. Firenze: Le Monnier. Plate no. 51b.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 38-39, descr. no. 997.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 28.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 708", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,