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Artefact ID709
TM IDTM 61994
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Treu 1970: 57-58

Parchment fragment containing the Old Testament Canticum canticorum 5-6.

The preserved folio measures 9.3 x 6 cm, and is constituted of two fragments (the horizontal break appears in l. 10 of the recto). The text is arranged in one column, with 15 lines on the recto and 17 lines on the verso. The original sheet size is estimated to have been approx. 10 x 7.5 cm with a writing area of ca. 8.4 x 5.5 cm; see ed. pr. The hair-side (recto) precedes the flesh-side (verso).

The ed. pr. describes the hand as a small, regular and upright uncial.

There is no apparent punctuation or diacritical marks, and one nomen sacrum could be assumed in the lacuna of l. 19. A correction was made by the same hand in l. 13. of the recto (supralinear addition of a iota).

The text is divided into syntactical units, with the sub-lines (alternating) written in eisthesis.

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.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 18196.


Editio princeps:

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1970. "Neue Berliner Septuagintafragmente". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 20. 57-58 and plate 7a.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 39, descr. no. 838.

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1974. "Christliche Papyri IV". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 22/23. 370.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 270.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 709", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,