A Funeral Shroud from Oxyrhynchus

The text below found on a linen fragment from Oxyrhynchus is an interesting parallel with logion 5 of the Gospel of Thomas. It was probably used as a funeral or burial shroud. It was acquired in 1953 by Mr. R. Rémondon from a local antiquarian and dated 5th or 6th century by H-Ch. Puech.

Funeral Shroud

Jesus said, "Nothing is buri
ed, which will not be raised."

Logion 5 of the Gospel of Thomas (Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 654, 27-31):

POxy 654, 27-31: (5) Jesus says, "K[now what is be]fore your face, and [that which is hidden] from you will be reveal[ed to you. For there i]s nothing hidden which will not [be made] mani[fest] and (nothing) buried which will not [be raised up]" (Cf. NHC II, 33: 10-14).

Editions:

  • Editio princeps: H-Ch. Puech, Un logion de Jésus sur bandelette funéraire, Bulletin de la Societé Ernest Renan, N.S. 3, Paris, 1954, 6-9.
  • H-Ch. Puech, Un logion de Jésus sur bandelette funéraire, Revue de l'Histoire des Religions 147, Paris, 1955, 126-129.
  • H-Ch. Puech, Un logion de Jésus sur bandelette funéraire, in: idem, En quête de la Gnose II: Sur l'Évangile selon Thomas, Gallimard, Paris, 1978, 60-64.