Tag Archive for 'Papyri'

Oxyrhynchus Papyri online … or maybe only in the US?

Via AWOL: Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volumes 1-15 online The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 1 (1898) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 2 (1899) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 3 (1903) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 4 (1904)[Alternative version] The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 5 (1908) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 6 (1908) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 7 (1910) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 8 […]

Boxes of papyri in Berlin “unopened” since they left Egypt a century ago

I’m reading William Brashear’s 1991 publication of P. Berol. 21196, identified as a Mithraic “catechism”.  It probably comes from excavations at Ashmunein (Hermopolis), undertaken by O. Rubensohn in 1906.  He asks, in the preface, if any more fragments of the papyrus are extant, and was unable to find any.  But then he states that there […]

Worrying questions about the supposed new NT papyri from mummy cartonnage

In my last post, I noted that Peter Head pointed out that we have a forger active among us, who knows how to play to the predispositions of scholars. I have just seen a very sound post by Roberta Mazza, discussing the supposed discovery of a bunch of interesting papyri from mummy cartonnage – papyrus […]

How to scam a scholar – the ps.Gospel of Jesus’ Wife affair

I expect many of us have watched the story of a papyrus fragment purporting to reveal that Jesus had a wife.  Coptologist Christian Askeland discovered clear proof of forgery, thanks to a bit of carelessness by the forger, and the story is now history. Peter Head has an article here which is so useful that […]

The Bankes 2nd c. Homer papyrus roll now online at the British Library

I wonder how many of us have ever heard of the “Bankes papyrus”?  Certainly not I, before today.  Yet it is a fascinating item. A tweet from Sarah Biggs alerted me that: The Bankes Homer is now online & blog post to come! (Papyrus 114, Greek, 2nd century). P.Lond.lit.28, British Library papyrus 114, is a 2nd […]

British Library beginning to digitise its papyri

Sarah Biggs at the British Library Manuscripts blog writes: The British Library holds one of the most significant collections of Greek papyri in the world, including the longest and most significant papyrus of the Aristotelian Constitution of Athens, unique copies of major texts such as Sophocles’ Ichneutae, and the Egerton Gospel, as well as a […]

A 2-3rd c. papyrus “title page”?

An extremely interesting article on the Brice C. Jones blog about a piece of papyrus, found inside a leather binding, which is blank except for “Gospel according to Matthew” in Greek on the recto.  Simon Gathercole has written about it.  The suggestion is that this is the “cover-leaf” for a papyrus codex, and that the […]

Dictating to a scribe can alter the language used?

A fascinating post at Evangelical Textual Criticism (the post seems to have vanished for the moment, but, lucky me, I can see it in my RSS reader).  This gives abstracts for an Australian conference, Observing the Scribe at Work.  One of these caught my eye: Delphine Nachtergaele (Ghent University), ‘Scribes in the Greek Private Papyrus Letters’ […]

Papyrus manuscript of Didymus the Blind’s “Commentary on Ecclesiastes” online!

Quite accidentally I find that colour photographs of the pages of Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes are online here.  I can only say “wow!” This work was lost until 1941.  In that year, the threat of Rommel’s Afrika Corps caused the British Government to order works carried out at the Tura quarries near Cairo, […]

Egypt and Archduke Rainer

I wonder how many of us know the name of Archduke Rainer?  Very few, I would imagine.  Yet he played an important part in the history of Egyptology.  Archduke Rainer (1827-1913) was an Austrian nobleman, some time Prime Minister of Austria.  He is notable for his collection of Egyptological items.  In particular his collection of […]



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