Additional Extra-Biblical Chester Beatty Papyrus Images Now Available

Press Release

2 March 2015

In the summer of 2013, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) digitized the Greek biblical papyri housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL) in Dublin, Ireland. The Chester Beatty collection includes some of the earliest and most important Greek biblical manuscripts in the world. In addition to these biblical manuscripts, CSNTM also digitized several extra-biblical Greek papyri that are part of the CBL collection.

For the first time, images of two of these extra-biblical Chester Beatty manuscripts have now been made available:

1) The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians

Jannes and Jambres is an apocryphal work. Its text is fragmentary and dated from the 3rd-4th century.

2) Enoch and Melito

Enoch is an extra-biblical work. Melito is an early Christian homily. The text is from the 4th century.

These texts are uniquely significant, as they contain an early witness to rare works for which only a handful of copies have survived, and in the case of Jannes and Jambres, this is the only Greek manuscript known to exist.

Visit the manuscript page to view these new images from Dublin.

Also, if you would like to make more resources like this available, please consider donating to CSNTM!

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