Nash Papyrus

NASH PAPYRUS

A papyrus named after the buyer, W. L. Nash, now in the Cambridge University Library (Or. 233; facsimile in Albright, p. 11). The papyrus contains the Decalogue (Ex. 20:2-17) and the Shema (Dt. 6:1-5) in Hebrew. Its date is debated. While Albright dates it in the second century B.C., most Old Testament scholars place it in the first century before or after Christ. It is to be interpreted not as a papyrus but as a phylactery.

  • Albright, W. F. “On the Date of the Scrolls from Ain Feshkha and the Nash Papyrus.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 115 (1949):10-19.
  • Dawson, W. R., and E. P. Uphill. Who Was Who in Egyptology, 2nd ed, p. 213. London, 1972.

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