Papyrus Michigan Inv. 4944b

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Brice C. Jones argues that the papyrus may have served as an amulet, as this passage from the gospel of Matthew is ritually charged (it involves the utterance of an angel), is written on one side, and appears to have been folded.

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circa 650 CE

The fragment was part of the acquisitions of the papyrus cartel or syndicate headed by the British Museum in the 1920s and 1930s, on which see James G. Keeman.

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