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Artefact ID729
TM IDTM 61416
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

Wayment and Ladenheim 2011: 381-384

Papyrus fragment containing the Infancy Gospel of James, 3:3-4:4.

The ed. pr. lists the papyrus fragment as 'lost', but a photo of the fragment was found and identified as containing the Infancy Gospel of James by Ladenheim, and has since been catalogued properly; see ref. ed.

The fragment preserves 12 lines of the rarely witnessed Protoevangelium Jacobi, and it appears to agree largely with P.Bodmer 5. A variant appears in l. 9; see Wayment 2011: 79.

The text contains a diaeresis (l. 4) and apostrophe (see l. 8 after the name ᾿Ιωακειμ), and no punctuation is visible.

The 12 lines of text are written in a relatively upright, evenly spaced Biblical uncial, which the ref. ed. places in the 4th c.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical)
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. placed the fragment in the beginning og the 4th c.; the ref. ed. accepts this, and adds the comparanda of P.Oxy. X 1250 (text by Achilles Tatius from the 3rd c.) and P.Oxy. LXXI 4804 (Gospel of John from the 4th c.).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Cairo, Egyptian Museum JdE 85643 / SR 6P/1817. Previously believed to be lost; see ed. pr.


Reference edition:

∙ Wayment, Thomas A. and Alexander Ladenheim. 2011. " A New Fragment of the Protevangelium Jacobi". Harvard Theological Review 104 (3). 381-384.

Editio princeps:

· van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 602.

Additional bibliography:

· Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). London. 79 and 285.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 729", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,