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Artefact ID722
TM IDTM 61996
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

BKT VIII 8;  AT63; Aland AT63

Papyrus fragment from a codex containing Psalms 35:11-36:10, and 14-24.

Fragment A (P.Berol. inv. 6747) measures 16.2 x 14 cm, and preserves 26 lines on the recto; 25 lines on the verso.
Fragment B (P.Berol. inv. 6785) measures 7 x 4 cm, and preserves 12 lines on the recto and the verso. This smaller fragment preserves Ps. 36:4-8 and 18-23.

The original text is estimated to have been arranged in approx. 33-34 lines per page.

The initial letters of the verses are visibly larger (approx. doubled in size) than the rest of the script. There is no apparent punctuation, and the text contains irregular diaereses. The are several nomina sacra. A correction (no longer legivle) has been made by the same hand in l. 6 of the verso.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. dates the codex fragment to the 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The provenance is probably the Arsenoites (Fayûm), where the fragments were acquired in 1877–1881.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 6747 + P. 6785


Editio princeps:

• Stegmüller, Otto. 1939. Berliner KlassikertexteVIII: Berliner Septuagintafragmente. Berlin. Papyrus no. 8.

Additional bibliography:

• Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. Altes Testament 63.

• Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 21-22, descr. no. 2046.

• Treu, Kurt. 1974. "Zwei weitere Berliner Septuagintafragmente". Congresses sponsored by the Association Internationale de Papyrologues XIII: Akten des XIII. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses, Marburg/Lahn, 2—6 August 1971. Münch.Beitr. 66. Munich. 422-425.

• Treu, Kurt. 1974. 1978. "Christliche Papyri VI". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 26. 153, record no. 142.

• van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 142.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 722", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,