MS 2649
Text BIBLE: LEVITICUS 10:15 - 11:3; 11:12 - 47; 12:8 - 13:6; 23:20 - 30; 25:30 - 40
Description MS in Greek on papyrus, Oxyrhynchus?, Egypt, ca. 200, 8 f f. (originally ca. 74 ff.), 20x10 cm, single column, (16x8 cm), 22-23 lines in Greek semi-cursive book script.
Context Possibly by the same scribe as MS 2648. The 8 ff. were found tipped in between the leaves of MS 2650. The whole codex with the 27 chapters of Leviticus would have had about 74 ff. Probably from the same hoard as the Chester Beatty papyri, now in Dublin: Chester Beatty Library.
Provenance 1. Monastery in the Oxyrhynchus region, Egypt (ca. 4th c. -); 2. Antiquity dealer, Alexandria (ca. 1930); 3. Private collector, Zürich.
Commentary Together with the very fragmentary P. Heidelberg 945 Lev. 19:16-19, 31-33 (3rd c.), and the Dead Sea Scroll 4Q LXX Lev a+b (1st c. BC-1st c. AD), the present MS is the oldest Septuagint Leviticus extant. The greater part of the present papyrus is not represented on any Dead Sea Scroll, thus this is the oldest MS of this part of the Bible
Published Papyrologica Florentina, vol. XXXV. Rosario Pintaudi: Papyri Graecae Schøyen (PSchøyen I). Firenze, Edizioni Gonnelli, 2005 (Manuscripts in The Schøyen Collection V: Greek papyri, vol. I), pp. 81-145, by Kristin de Troyer.
Exhibited NorFa - Nordic network in Qumran studies. Symposium in Oslo 3-5. June 2004.
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Place of origin Egypt
Dates ca 200 AD