Hermeneiai and documentary texts.

Accession number: 
MS M.636
Hermeneiai and documentary texts.
Egypt, after 848.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen: Upper and lower covers of leather and top portion of the back, over papyrus boards. Stab sewing. (Binding catalogued separately as MS M.636A.)
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1916.
38 leaves ((1)-(20), (24)-(41)), 3 leaf fragments ((21)-(23)), and a group of blank leaves, tiny fragments, and fragments from the sewing (42) (1 column, 19-31 lines) : papyrus ; 239 x 170 mm
Part of a lot purchased in 1916 by Francis Willey Kelsey (1858-1927) on behalf of J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) through the agency of Dr. David L. Askren, an American missionary and physician residing in the Fayyūm.

Manuscript hermeneiai and documentary texts written in Egypt, after 848.
Fragments (1)-(41) mounted in 41 glass frames. Fragment (42) laid in three folders.
Leaf size: 239 x 170 mm; sizes of leaf fragments: (21): 217 x 162 mm, (22): 184 x 161 mm, (23): 148 x 23 mm.
The hermeneiai are centos of Biblical verses mostly from the Psalms arranged by keywords. The exact function of the hermeneiai is uncertain. For the significance of the present manuscript, see Quecke, 1978, p. 191.
Documentary portions (fragments (21)v, (22)r, (24)r) edited by MacCoull, 1987. Extracts from Psalms, containing the keyword "foot" provisionally edited by Kasser, 1988. John 1:43, 47-51 provisionally edited by Kasser 1978, 332-334.
Written area ca. 210 x 140 mm. Divisions: Horizontal rule as divider setting off textual units on the verso of fragment (3); on some leaves, long oblique double strokes setting off minor textual units.
Script: Right-sloping; many cursive features. 10 lines = ca. 68-123 mm
Punctuation: Dot-and-dash line as space filelr at ends of textual units, but zigzag line at the verso of fragment (4) and the recto of fragment (5).
Scribe: J. Drescher distinguished three principal copyists at work on this manuscript.--Cf. Kasser, 1978, p. 329, n.2.
Collation: No remains of signatures, quire ornaments, monograms, or catchwords.
Dating is based on the earliest interpretation of the date of manufacture of the papyrus stock, according to an Arabic protocol found in the manuscript (as deciphered by A. Grohmann at the requexst of Hyvernat, cf. Petersen, 1948, no. 41), the papyrus wa manufactured when al-Muntasir bi'llāh, son and successor of Khalif al-Mutawakkil 'ala 'llāh, was governor of Egypt (849-856). According to Petersen, all leaves were cut from the same roll.
Formerly also C.31.

Coptic, dialect H, and Arabic on fragment 31.28.