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D. Obbink and N. Gonis (eds.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 73. Graeco Roman Memoirs 94. London: Egypt Exploration Society, 2009. xii +
215 pages + 12 plates. ISBN 978-0-85698-182-1.
This volume contains editions of papyri from the Oxyrhynchus collection in honor of Peter Parsons and John Rea. There are six categories of texts:
theological (4931-4934), excerpts from Comedy (4935-4937), literary, both
new (4938-4945) and known (4946-4949), subliterary (4950-4952), and documentary (4953-4967). 4954 has been previously published as POxy. 2.394
but is re-edited in this volume since it belongs to the same dossier as 4953. All
papyri are from the Roman period, as expected.
4931 (fifth century) contains vv. 3-8 of Psalm 90. This Psalm is well attested
in the papyri, as table 1 (pp. 3-5) shows. On account of the Psalm's exorcistic
content single sheets containing parts of it were used as amulets, and 4931 may
have served this function. The layout of the lines does not correspond to that
of the textus receptus. At - 3-4 the papyrus has y Tots [ctggpyotc instead
of the unanimous iv Toic [ctapptvotc atoi, while at 4 1-2 the scribe also
omitted something. 4932 (also fifth century), which transmits Psalm 72:21-23,
was written on the back of an account of goods and was used as an amulet.
4933 (third-fourth century) is a collection of Biblical excerpts (4I: Jeremiah 38:24-26, Amos 9:11-12, and an unidentified text; -: Psalm 17.1-12)
that belongs to the genre of testimonia. These texts are linked to each other
through a messianic motif related to Jesus' mission as the redeemer of mankind, the founder of the Church, and the conqueror of sin and death. This piece
may have been part of a private copy, as is suggested by its informal script, the
lack of stichic arrangement in the excerpt from the Psalms, and the fact that
there is no clear-cut separation between passages (cf. on 1 6). According to
the editor's reconstruction, the codex from which this piece came must have
been of a small format, which would make good sense if it belonged to some
travelling teacher or missionary.
4934 (late third-early fourth century) transmits part of the First Letter of
Peter (1:23-2:5, 7-12) and is possibly the earliest attestation of Peter's letters in
Oxyrhynchus. At - 11 we should read avvxaT [a]XaXatd.
4935 (second century) offers 11. 1043-1051 and 1202-1210 of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazousai. At 1. 1047 the papyrus omits R's [ot (also deleted
by Hermann), and it shows that at 1.1051 kppapov, a word suspected by earlier
scholars, is an ancient reading.
4936 (second century) transmits part of Menander's Epitrepontes which,
as the editor argues, should be placed in the dialogue between Karion (the
cook) and Onesimos (the slave) in Act 1, before the deferred prologue speech.