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Witness to the Word: Chester Beatty Library New Testament Papyri

Witness to the Word: Chester Beatty Library New Testament Papyri

Location: Online Exhibition

The Chester Beatty Library has always been committed to increasing access to our collection objects through a variety of digital initiatives. In the summer of 2013 the Rights and Reproductions Office implemented and oversaw two substantial research and digitization projects focusing on Biblical Papyri.

The results of the first collaborative partnership with the The New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (NTVMR) from the Institute for New Testament Text Research went live in June, 2013. The NTVMR is a community portal for scholarly research of New Testament Greek manuscripts which contains images and transcriptions of our important Biblical Papyri collection, including fully digitized copies of CBL BP I (P45), CBL BP II (P46) and CBL BP III (P47).

In July and August of 2013, the Library hosted a research and digitization team from the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. The team was able to digitize all but one of the CBL’s biblical papyri codices, CBL BP XV (Acts of Phileas Bishop of Thmuis (R2151) and Psalter). along with a number of manuscripts and loose folios.

The Chester Beatty Library is excited to present this online exhibition, Witness to the Word, which celebrates both the biblical papyri collection and these rewarding collaborative partnerships.

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