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Artefact ID756
TM IDTM 145317
Findspot (DEChriM ID)71   (Ṭura)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Wayment 2012: 67-71

Parchment fragments with Christian text reused for binding for Tura codex V (5th/6th c., Tura; containing Didymos the Blind's Commentary on Psalms).

The three fragments measure 1.5 x 21.7 cm, and contain the Old Testament text of Ben Sira Ecclesiasticus 38:28.4-39:4.4. Both the recto and the verso preserve parts of 23 lines of text (recto preserves verses 38.28.4-38.32.4; the verso 38.33.2-39:4.4).

The text is written in the typical biblical majuscule, which the ed. pr. compares to the hand in Codex Sinaiticus, and it is arranged on a parchment sheet that was carefully lined to accommodate the text. The original size of the codex is estimated to have been 25 x 14-15 cm, and the ed. pr. suggests that the text was probably arranged in stanzas.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from325
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. compares the hand (biblical majuscule) with Codex Sinaiticus, and places the fragments in the 4th c. It necessarily predates codex V of the Tura papyri (420-527 AD), as it is part of the binding of the codex.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is the Troe (Tura), where the codex V of the Tura Papyri was found.

Accession number

Cologne, University Papyrus Collection P.Theol. 53 - 60 [binding] + Provo, Brigham Young University 091 D562E [binding].


Editio princeps:

Wayment, Thomas A. 2012. "P.Köln (Pap. Theol. 53—60) P.BYU (091 D562e) Three Binding Strips Preserving Sirach (38.28.4—39.4.4)." Zeitschrift Für Papyrologie Und Epigraphik 183, 67-71 (with pl.).  

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 756", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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