A Christian Amulet Containing Colossians 3:9-10

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  • 1 Brigham Young University, Ancient Scripture

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This article presents the editio princeps and a brief discussion of a Christian amulet that preserves Colossians 3:9-10 in Greek on papyrus. The amulet was discovered at Oxyrhynchus by W.M. Flinders Petrie and is currently housed in the Petrie Egyptian Museum in London. This is currently the first amulet to preserve a passage from Colossians in Greek and it appears that the amulet served as an aide mémoire to the person wearing it to remind the person of the meaning of Christian baptism.

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    H.F. Stander, “Amulets and the Church Fathers,” Ekklesiastikos Pharos 75 (1993) 61 n. 65. The amulet under consideration is different than those described by Chrysostom who refers to small “tablets” In Matthaeum hom 72 (pg 58.669).

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    De Bruyn, “Parchments, Ostraca, and Tablets,” 149-50.

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    H.F. Stander, “Amulets and the Church Fathers,” 58 n. 25, 26; De Bruyn, “Parchments, Ostraca, and Tablets,” 149. Papyri used as amulets and preserving the Lord’s were also popular, see B. Nongbri, “The Lord’s Prayer and χμγ: Two Christian Papyrus Amulets,” Harvard Theological Review 104 (2011) 59-68; T.J. Kraus, “Manuscripts with the Lord’s Prayer—They are More Than Simply Witness to the Text Itself,” in T.J. Kraus and T. Nicklas (eds.), New Testament Manuscripts: Their Texts and Their World (Leiden/Boston, 2006) 227-66.

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