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Artefact ID75
TM IDTM 107858
Findspot (DEChriM ID)31   (Dayr al-Balāyza)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Bal. I 52: Parchment fragment from a Coptic codex containing a Gnostic treatise in the Sahidic dialect.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

NB: According to Orsini in TM, it should be dated to the first quarter of the 5th cent. CE.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

All of the material published by Kahle in 1954 was excavated in early 1907 at the monastery of Saint Apollo under the direction of Flinders Petrie (Kahle 1954, 2-3). There were no records indicating precise find-spots of the manuscripts, Crum states that they were scattered.

Accession number

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Copt. d. 54 (P)


Editio Princeps

• Crum, W.E. 1943. "A Gnostic Fragment." Journal of Theological Studies 44: 176-179.

Additional Bibliography

• Crum, W.E. 1907. "The Coptic Manuscripts." In Gizeh and Rifeh. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account, edited by Flinders Petrie, 39-43. London: School of Archaeology in Egypt. 

• Kahle, Paul E. 1954 Bala'izah. Coptic Texts from Dier El-Bala'izah in Upper Egypt. Vol. 1, London: Oxford University Press, 473-477 + Pl. I.1.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 75", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,