The limits of palaeographic dating of literary papyri

some observations on the date and provenance of P.Bodmer II (P66)

Brent Nongbri*

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Abstract

Palaeographic estimates of the date of P.Bodmer II, the well-preserved Greek papyrus codex of the Gospel of John, have ranged from the early second century to the first half of the third century. There are, however, equally convincing palaeographic parallels among papyri securely dated to as late as the fourth century. This article surveys the palaeographic evidence and argues that the range of possible dates assigned to P.Bodmer II on the basis of palaeography needs to be broadened to include the fourth century. Furthermore, a serious consideration of a date at the later end of that broadened spectrum of palaeographic possibilities helps to explain both the place of P.Bodmer II in relation to other Bodmer papyri and several aspects of the codicology of P.Bodmer II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalMuseum Helveticum
Volume71
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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