ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 33-43 A New Fragment of LXX Isaiah 23 (Rahlfs-Fraenkel 844)1 AnneMarie Luijendijk Princeton University Abstract Edition of a previously unpublished fragment with Isa 23:8-10 and 14-15 in the Old Greek (Septuagint) translation, forming part of the same page as an already published papyrus in the Library of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).
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