This papyrus is interesting because it contains a new reading in Ψ 847. But it is especially interesting on account of the fact that it offers a completely unique feature: a vertical ruling-line running through the first letter of each verse in column II (not mentioned by Grenfell and Hunt). Yes, you read correctly: a vertical ruling-line. That is, the scribe has drawn a vertical line before copying his text in order to keep his left margin completely justified. This is, to my knowledge, the first occurrence of vertical ruling in any extant literary papyrus. Speaking of vertical ruling, in 1987 E.G. Turner made the following statement: “Nor can I point to an example of vertical ruling...The only vertical ruling known to me (none of them illustrated) are those that occasionally serve a decorative purpose and were convenient in the school room” (GMAW, 6). However, we now have the first evidence of vertical ruling on a papyrus written by a professional scribe. Here is what it looks like followed by my commentary from the full edition:
I discussed this vertical ruling-line with Prof. W.A. Johnson (mentioned in the commentary) and he described it as "a most interesting example!" This is a very special scribal phenomenon and I thought it was worth sharing here ahead of the publication of the article. Please be sure to check back here under the "Publications" tab of this website, where I will upload a PDF of the published article later this summer.