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Chester Beatty in the 1930s from a dealer in Egypt.
Also known as “P45,” “P46,” and “P47,” they are housed in Beatty’s gift to the world: the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland.
“P45” contains part of a codex of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.
“P46” contains letters written by Paul: Romans, Hebrews, I and II Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, and I Thessalonians.
Textual critics are scholars who examine and evaluate all the surviving manuscripts in order to accurately reproduce the original text.
And here we begin to see the importance of this little fragment of papyrus encased in glass in John Rylands Library.
How then can we have confidence that the Bible we possess today is the Bible as God inspired and intended it?
These third century papyrus codices were purchased by British mining engineer A.
In 2003 the present Bodmer Library of World Literature opened in Cologny, near Geneva, Switzerland.
Among the approximate 160,000 items is a copy of the Guttenberg Bible, and a group of manuscripts — “P66,” “P72,” and “P75,” some of the world’s earliest Christian writings.
As writer Tim Challies says in his blog post , “This little scrap of papyrus is our oldest historical link to the New Testament Scriptures.
It represents the thousands of manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts that have survived the centuries.” He adds, “Of the manuscripts that remain to us today, no two are exactly the same.
If you missed our earlier blog post on materials used to write the Bible, we invite you to give it a read.