4496. Acts of the Apostles XXVI 31-32; XXVII 6-7: Electronic Edition T. J. Finney ed. Electronic version T. J. Finney conversion to TEI-conformant markup Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford Dirk Obbink Oxford

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T. J. Finney <hi rend="bold">4496.</hi> Acts of the Apostles XXVI 31-32; XXVII 6-7 N. Gonis J. Chapa W. E. H. Cockle D. Obbink P. J. Parsons J. D. Thomas The Oxyrhynchus Papyri: Volume LXVI London Egypt Exploration Society 1999 pp. 5-7 The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. 66

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Description

A fragment of a papyrus codex containing parts of four verses from chapters 26 and 27 of Acts. The hand is a large and carefully executed Biblical Majuscule; see on this script G. Cavallo, Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica (1967). Although somewhat reminiscent of fourth-century hands, e.g. Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, it is heavier and more mannered, with marked chiaroscuro, and is thus closer to several hands assigned to the fifth century, e.g., Cavallo and Maehler, GBEBP (1987) 18a, 18b, 24a, and Codex Alexandrinus. On the other hand, the shading is less extreme, and the finials on horizontal elements less marked, than in Vienna Dioscorides (GBEBP 25b), which can be dated c. AD 513.

On the → side the papyrus has 17-20 letters per line and on the ↓ side 19-23 if the restorations are correct. If we assume a normal text, some 515 letters will have been lost between the two sides or approximately 26 lines. This would give a page of some 34 lines, assuming that we have a fragment of a single-column codex. The average line height is just over 7 mm and a typical line would have been 12 cm wide, judging by the size of the surviving letters. If we allow 3 cm for margins on all sides, a single-column page would have measured approximately 18 x 31 cm. This fits reasonably well into Turner's Group 5, which includes many 4th- or 5th-century papyri along with a 6th- or 7th-century codex of Acts (P74 = P.Bodmer XVII). A double-column codex in which the fragment occupied the outer column would have measured approximately 33 x 31 cm. This very broad format is unlikely but not impossible; a few examples in Turner's Group 2 have somewhat similar dimensions.

If this was a single-column codex, a typical page would have held about 120 words. Consequently, about 160 pages would have been required for Acts alone or about 220 pages for Acts and the Catholic Epistles. Both of these are plausible (P45 is estimated to have had some 220 pages). A combination such as Gospels + Acts can be ruled out by the enormity of the number of pages required (even if we suppose a two-column codex). The combination Pauline Epistles + Acts is also too great if the codex had only a single column.

There is one nomen sacrum abbreviation, α̅ν̅ο̅ϲ̅ (→ 4), a stop which stands at two-thirds letter-height (↓ 3), and one instance of diaeresis (↓ 4). There are no accents. 4496 is the earliest Greek witness to an addition at the end of verse 32.

In addition to the works cited above in the general introduction, J. H. Ropes, The Text of Acts = Vol. III of F. J. Foakes Jackson and Kirsopp Lake, The Beginnings of Christianity (1926), and M.-É. Boismard and A. Lamouille, Texte occidental des Actes des Apôtres (1984), have been consulted. As D is not extant for this section of Acts, h has been cited where relevant.

Edition αναχωρησαντες ελαλουν προς αλληλους οτι ουδεν θανατου η δεσμων αξιον πρασσει ο̅ ̅α̅ν̅ο̅ς ουτος αναχωρησαντες ελαλουν προς αλληλους οτι ουδεν θανατου η δεσμων αξιον πρασσει ο ανθρωπος ουτος. when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment." ει μη επεκεκλητο Καισαρα και ουτως εκρινεν ο ηγεμων αυτον αναπεμ ει μη επεκεκλητο Καισαρα. και ουτως εκρινεν ο ηγεμων αυτον αναπεμψαι Καισαρι. "If only he had not appealed to Caesar." And thus the governor determined to send him to Caesar. Αλεξανδρινον πλεον εις την Ιταλιαν ενεβιβασεν ημας εις αυτο· Αλεξανδρινον πλεον εις την Ιταλιαν ενεβιβασεν ημας εις αυτο. of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and put us on board. βραδυπλοουντες εν δε ϊκαναις ημεραις και μολις γενομενοι κατα την Κνιδον μη προςεωντος ημας του βραδυπλοουντες εν δε ικαναις ημεραις και μολις γενομενοι κατα την Κνιδον μη προςεωντος ημας του We sailed slowly for a number of days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go on,
Commentary

→ 2 All MSS except 1838 and 1874 add λεγοντες after αλληλους. h reads secesserunt praefantes inter se de eo dicentes.

Notes Relating to the Electronic Edition

The translation follows the text of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Bibliography Novum Testamentum, Acta apostolorum Acts 26:31-32; Acts 27:6-7 M.-É. Boismard A. Lamouille Texte occidental des Actes des Apôtres 1984 G. Cavallo Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica 1967 G. Cavallo H. Maehler Greek Bookhands of the Early Byzantine Period: A.D. 300 — 800 London Institute of Classical Studies 1987 Institute of Classical Studies Bulletin Supplement vol. 47 ISSN 0076-0749 Codex Alexandrinus Fifth century; London, Brit. Libr., Royal 1 D. VIII. Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis Fifth century; Cambridge, Univ. Libr., Nn. II 41. Codex Claromontanus Fourth or fifth century; Rome, Bibl. Vatic., Lat. 7223, fol. 1-66. Codex Sinaiticus Fourth century; London, Brit. Libr., Add. 43725. Codex Vaticanus Fourth century; Rome, Bibl. Vatic., Gr. 1209. J. H. Ropes The Text of Acts 1926 F. J. Foakes Jackson Kirsopp Lake The Beginnings of Christianity vol. 3
Metadata (including images) Edition ID P.Oxy.LXVI 4496 Edition Title Acts of the Apostles XXVI 31-32; XXVII 6-7 Edition Creator T. J. Finney Edition Date 1999 Reference Title Novum Testamentum, Acta apostolorum; Acts 26:31-32; Acts 27:6-7 Reference Creator St. Luke Manuscript ID 100/126(a); Gregory-Aland P112 Manuscript Date (text) Fifth century Manuscript Date (number) 0450 Manuscript Provenance Oxyrhynchus Manuscript Location EES: Papyrology Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Manuscript Description A fragment of a papyrus codex containing parts of four verses from chapters 26 and 27 of Acts. Manuscript Subject Paul of Tarsus Manuscript Genre Relig.; Acta Manuscript Language grc Manuscript Format Codex Manuscript Material Papyrus Manuscript Dimensions 5.2 cm x 5.2 cm Manuscript Images Folio 01 → Folio 01 ↓