A Funeral Shroud from Oxyrhynchus

The text below, reportedly 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 but hardly anything of its provenance is known. It was acquired in 1953 by Mr. R. RĂ©mondon from a local antiquarian and dated to the 5th or 6th century by H-Ch. Puech. Its current location is unknown.

The inscription on the cloth reads:

Funeral Shroud

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

This closely resembles logion 5 of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 654, 27-31:

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]".

In the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (NHC II, 33: 10-14), logion 5 ends in "for there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest.").