Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri at Ninety: Literature, Papyrology, Ethics

Edited by: Garrick Vernon Allen , Usama Ali Mohamed Gad , Kelsie Gayle Rodenbiker , Anthony Philip Royle and Jill Unkel

 book: The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri at Ninety
Volume 10 in the series Manuscripta Biblica

Despite the significant work carried out on the text, transmission, materiality, and scribal habits preserved in the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri since their acquisition by Beatty ninety years ago in 1931, these early copies of Jewish scripture and the New Testament have, for the most part, belonged primarily to textual critics. The goal of this book is to resituate this important collection of manuscripts in broader contexts, examining their significance in conversation with papyrology as a discipline, in the context of other ancient literary traditions preserved on papyri, and in discussion with the intellectual and cultural history of collecting, colonialism, and scholarly rhetoric. The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, and other papyrological collection with which they are inextricably bound, remind us of the critical value of examining old manuscripts afresh in their historical, scholarly, and intellectual contexts. These studies are relevant for all scholars who work with manuscripts and ancient texts of any variety. 

  • Language: English
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2023
  • Audience: Scholars of the New Testament, Septuagint, history, ethics, colonialism, philology, cultural history
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 6
    • Main content: 198
  • Illustrations
    • Illustrations: 25
    • Coloured Illustrations: 50
    • Tables: 4
  • Published: May 8, 2023
  • ISBN: 9783110781304
  • Published: May 8, 2023
  • ISBN: 9783110781014


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Alfred Chester Beatty and his Biblical (and other) Papyri at Ninety

Garrick V. Allen
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Papyrology in its Second Century, and the Chester Beatty

Brian McGing
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Decolonizing the Troubled Archive(s) of Papyri and Papyrology

Usama Gad
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The Bodmer Papyri and the Chester Beatty

Daniel B. Sharp and Brent Nongbri
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An Old Story Retold: The Acquisition of the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri

Jill Unkel
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Reading across the Archives: Mining the Beatty Narrative

Yii-Jan Lin
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Papyrology as an Art of Destruction

Jennifer Wright Knust
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Scribal “Faithfulness” and the Text-Critical Imaginary

Kelsie G. Rodenbiker
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The Threads that Bind: Evidence of the Early Codex Structure in Chester Beatty’s Papyri

Kristine Rose-Beers
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Beyond Palaeography: Text, Paratext and Dating of Early Christian Papyri

Tommy Wasserman
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The Papyri and the Septuagint: Chester Beatty Papyrus 967 and the Greek Texts of the Book of Esther

Kristin De Troyer
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The Apocalypse of Elijah in the Context of Coptic Apocrypha

Hugo Lundhaug
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Characterising Discipleship in the Fifth Manichaean Psalm of Heracleides: Women’s Participation in Late Antique Egypt

Kimberley A. Fowler
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Manuscripts Index

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Ancient Texts Index

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Subject Index

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