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Dublin, Ireland in the Chester Beatty Collection and

partially in the University of Michigan, Special Collections

Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 


Fredric Kenyon Papyrologist Ulrich


Young Kyu Kim) (



Comfort, Philip W. and David Barrett. The Complete Text

of the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts. (Grand Rapids,

Michigan: Baker Book House, 1999) pp. 193-98 



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The Permanent display of the Pauline Letters, Chester

Beatty Library, Dublin. 

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Paul's Letter to the Romans c.AD 180-200 

Greek text on papyrus Egypt 

Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri II ff. 15 and 90 


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The Book of Revelation c.AD 250 

Greek text on papyrus Egypt 

Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri III f.7 


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The Conversion of Saul (Paul( 

The Acts of the Apostles (8:34 - 9:6( 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 250 Egypt 

CB BP I (P45) f.22v 


This image shows a page from another famous Chester

Beatty papyrus, Biblical Papyrus I, a copy of the Four

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles. This is the earliest

surviving copy of these New Testament texts found in a

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single volume. The text concerning Paul’s vision begins 11

lines from the top. 

:all [the to]wns, [he preached the good news] until he

rea[ched Caesarea. But Saul, still 

:br]eathing threats and murder [against the disciples of 

the Lord, having gone to[ 

:the high priest, sought from him letters to Damascus, to


:syn]agogues, so that if [he found anyone belonging to theWay, men and 

:wo]men, [he might bring them] bound [to Jerusalem.

And as he was 

:trave]lling, he was d[rawing near to Damascus, and

suddenly there 

:flash]ed [around] him a light from [heaven]. And having

fallen to the ground, he heard a 

:voi]ce, saying to h[im, Saul, Saul, Why are you

persecuting me? And he said, Who are you, Lord[ 

:And he said, I [am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But

get up, and go into 

:the c]ity, [and you shall be told what you must do... .[ 

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Saint Paul in Athens 

The Acts of the Apostles (17.9-17( 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 250 Egypt CB BP I (P45) f.30r 

The Acts of the Apostles 

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The book known as the Acts of the Apostles was written

around AD 80 and is the fifth book of the New Testament. It

was possibly written as a companion volume to the Gospel of 

Luke. Although traditionally identified with Luke, the

authorship of the book is unclear and like other works in the

New Testament, the title was only assigned in later copies of 

the text. The text recounts the early years of Christianity in

Jerusalem and its eventual arrival in Rome. 

'…In Athens while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit

within him was agitated, observing how the city was full of 

idols. And so he debated in the synagogue with the Jews and

the worshippers, and in the market place...' Acts, 17:16-17 

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The Letters of Saint Paul 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 180-200 Egypt 

CB BP II (P46) f.31r 


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First Letter to the Corinthians 

The Letters of Saint Paul 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 180-200 Egypt 

CB BP II (P46) f.38r 



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 Though cited as two separate letters, 1 and 2 Corinthians,

the original letters are more likely to have been shorter notes

written by Paul to the Christians of the city in the years

immediately after his visit (c.AD 50-51). They were probably

assembled in their current form after Paul's death when his

Letters were copied for other Christian centres. 

The Letters of Saint Paul 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 180-200 Egypt 

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CB BP II (P46) f.61r 


'Translation of text' 

TO THE CORINTHIANS 2 Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will 

of God, and Timothy, the brother, to the assembly of God which is in Corinth 

with the all the holy ones, who are in the whole of Achaia, grace and to you, and peace 

from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ 

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Letter to the Galatians 

The Letters of Saint Paul 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 180-200 Egypt CB BP II (P46) f.86r 


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The Church at Philippi 

The Letters of Saint Paul 

Greek text on papyrus c.AD 180-200 Egypt 

CB BP II (P46) f.87r 


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P46 contains the Pauline Epistles and dates to about 200 to

250 AD (however, some textual scholars have given P46 a

date as early as 85 AD). P46, along with P45 and P47, is

located at the Beatty Museum near Dublin. It contains 86leaves and stands about 11 by 6 and a half inches. The text is

mixed, with both Alexandrian readings and Traditional Text



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Magdalen Papyrus 

The Magdalen papyrus has recently been listed as one of the

oldest NT manuscripts. Dr. Carsten Thiede in his book

Eyewitness to Jesus dates this small fragment to 66 AD. It

contains Matthew 26:7-8, 10, 14-15, 22-23 and 31. And, it

supports the Traditional Text. 

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