New Facsimiles of the Chester Beatty New Testament Papyri

I had heard rumors a few years ago that a new facsimile edition of the Beatty Biblical Papyri was in the works. It looks like the New Testament papyri have now appeared courtesy of Hendrickson. This is exciting. The volumes look very nice, judging from the photos on the website. They use the images taken a few years ago by the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. The price, however, is a little disappointing, given that high-quality facsimile editions of manuscripts are now frequently being produced at more reasonable prices.

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9 Responses to New Facsimiles of the Chester Beatty New Testament Papyri

  1. Schick.Sylt@gmx.de says:

    Look here

    Best Alex

  2. Didymus says:

    Agree, I was ready and excited, but when I saw the steep price, I had to step back. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Tim Skorick says:

    That looks beautiful! I wish the Bodmer papyri could get this treatment also …

    • A new facsimile of P.Bodmer 14-15 (P75) was said to be in the works a few years ago–Timothy Janz, “Per una edizione facsimilare del Papiro Bodmer XIV–XV,” in Studi in onore del cardinale Raffaele Farina, ed. A. M. Piazzoni, 2 vols., StT 477–478 (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2013), 1:583–94. I’m not sure what the status of that project is.

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  5. Jill Unkel says:

    High resolution images are downloadable (for free) on the Chester Beatty’s Digital Collections website
    https://viewer.cbl.ie/viewer/browse/-/1/SORT_TITLE/DC:biblicalpapyricollection/

    PDFs of the Kenyon catalogues are also found on the Downloads section of the museum’s website
    https://chesterbeatty.ie/about/resources/research-services/

    Hope this helps.

    • S Walch says:

      Thank you very much for this link – had no idea there were some non-identified fragments of P45 still around! Think I’ve just identified two of the fragments on https://cbl01.intranda.com/viewer/object/BP_I_i/1/LOG_0000/ .

      • Matthew Hamilton says:

        Are you able to advise which fragments, and the text identified?
        Years ago I noticed one side of a fragment of Deuteronomy (papyrus VI folio 105 fragment 2 recto) had not been published by Kenyon so it does not surprise me that there may be more identifications to CBBP to be made.

  6. S Walch says:

    Hello @Matthew Hamilton:

    It’s likely the new CSNTM Facsimile edition has identified the same ones, but on the image link in my previous comment provided, the bottom left (column 1 – image 1), top-middle (image 2) and bottom-middle (second column – Image 3) come from folio 16 recto (the opposite image obviously contains verso); image 1 is the bottom left-hand side of the leaf with text from John 11:4-11, and images 2 and 3 come from the bottom-right side, with text from John 11:6-9; The verso side has John 10:19-25. (Folio’s in this post correspond to Kenyon’s Fasciculus 2 – Text edition.)

    Finally the only other fragment I think I’ve identified is the third down on the 1st column (left-hand side), which would appear to sit at the top of folio 9, and the recto side contains text from Luke 6:45, and the verso Luke 6:29-30. There are on the recto what appear to be two clear instances of the word προφερει, of which the only place in the entire NT it appears is Luke 6:45. With some word rearrangements, the verso can slot in Luke 6:29-30 without too much issue.

    Again, wouldn’t be surprised if the new CSNTM Facsimile edition has identified this one too.

    There also appears to be a note on this image mentioning Mark 11:30-31 for Col. 1 No. 2, which I guess indicates the left-hand column, 2nd fragment down. I’ve however yet to place that on folio 10.

    Hope that helps!

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