ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 33-43
A New Fragment of LXX Isaiah 23
AnneMarie Luijendijk Princeton University
Edition of a previously unpublished fragment with Isa 23:8-10 and
14-15 in the Old Greek (Septuagint) translation, forming part of the
same page as an already published papyrus in the Library of Congress
with Isa 23:4-7 and 10-13 (Rahlfs-Fraenkel 844).
A small fragment in the Princeton University collection contains a section
of the prophet Isaiah's Oracle against Tyre in Greek, Isa 23:8-10 and 14-15. This
papyrus belongs to the same page as Library of Congress 4082B, preserving
Isa 23:4-7 and 10-13, published by Bruce E. Donovan and classified as RahlfsFraenkel 844.2 The identification is clear: both fragments have the same handwriting and present a consecutive text. The Princeton papyrus thus extends a
known manuscript, and one of very few early manuscripts of Isaiah in Greek.
1 The papyrus belongs to the Papyri Collections, Manuscripts Division, Department
of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library. For their generous help in writing this piece, I am grateful to Don Skemer, Curator of Manuscripts at
Princeton University's Firestone Library, to Rodney Ast, Raffaella Cribiore, and other
members of the New York Papyrological Seminar, and to the anonymous readers for
this journal. I presented this papyrus at the Society of Biblical Literature (New Orleans,
November 2009) and thank the audience for helpful comments. The photograph of the
top part (fragment 1) is courtesy of the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress
in Washington, DC; that of the lower part (fragment 2) is courtesy of the Department
of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library.
2 See B.E. Donovan, "An Isaiah Fragment in the Library of Congress," Harvard
Theological Review 61 (1968) 625-629 (with two plates). See also A. Rahlfs and D.
Fraenkel (eds.), Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testament, Vol. 1:
Die Uberlieferung bis zum VIII. Jahrhundert (G6ttingen 2004) 382-383 (no. 844). The
piece is also described in K. Aland, Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri,
Vol. 1: Biblische Papyri. Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen (Berlin
1976) 193 (AT 130), and J. van Haelst, Catalogue des papyrus littiraires juifs et chritiens
(Paris 1976) 110-111 (no. 295).