Get Social With Us



Artefact ID984
TM IDTM 62329
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Lond.Lit. 211

Parchment fragment containing Theodotion’s version of Daniel 1:17-18.

The fragment measures 4 x 7.1 cm, and contains 8 lines of well-preserved text written in one column. The other side of the parchment is blank.

The hand is described by the ed. pr. as a light, upright uncial, and there are no occurrences of nomina sacra, lectional aids or punctuation.

This fragment was reused as part of a cover/binding for BL Or. 7594.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from300
Date to350
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the fragment in the first half of the 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The fragment was previously classified as part of a cover (together with papyri 2021-2036) of BL Or. 7594, possibly from Hermopolis. In 1911, it was given a unique inventory number of Pap 2020; see the ed. pr.

Accession number

London, British Library Pap 2020 (previously Or 7594 [cover]).


Editio princeps:

∙ Milne, H. J. M. 1927. Catalogue of the Literary Papyri in the British Museum. London London. 179-180, papyrus no. 211. 

Additional bibliography:

∙ Bell, Harold Idris. 1912. Coptic Biblical texts in the dialect of Upper Egypt. Budge, E. A. Wallis, ed. xiv-xv, no. 1 and plate no. 9.

∙ Hurtado, Larry W. 2006. The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. 59, and passim.

∙ Papathomas, A. 1999. "Ein Kodexfragment mit dem alttestamentlichen Gebet des Asarja in der Übersetzung Theodotions". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 126. 219-222 (see esp. 220).

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen.  217-219, descr. no. 925.

∙ Roberts, C. H. 1979. Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt. London / New York: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press. 77.

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1973. "Die Bedeutung des Griechischen für die Jüden im Römischen Reich". Kairos 15.. 123-144 (see esp. 142).

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 319.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 984", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,