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Luke 11: 50 – 12: 12 and 13: 6-24

Luke 11: 50 – 12: 12 and 13: 6-24 - BP I, ff. 13v-14v Zoom

Luke 11: 50 – 12: 12 and 13: 6-24

(P45): Four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
ca. AD 200 – 250
BP I, ff. 13v-14v

Commentary:

The codex form in which the papyri appear is important evidence for the use of this form of book, rather than scroll, amongst Christians at a very early date. They do show variation, however, which suggests these were created before one standard form of production came into use. In some cases, all the sheets of papyrus were placed in a pile and folded in the center, much the way newspapers or magazines are created today. In other cases, the codex was formed by folding single sheets in the middle, then sewing them together at the fold. This is how CBL BP I (P45) was formed. This image clearly shows the fold in the center of the sheet – the fragments to either side would have comprised two folios of the manuscript. Other codices were formed in the manner which became standard – four or five sheets would be folded together to create up to twenty pages. These would be bundled together into quires and sewn at the fold to create a larger book.

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