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Most of the manuscripts dated to the 3rd century, with some as early as the 2nd. Some of the manuscripts were constructed of a single gathering (quire) of papyrus sheets (Pap. Although some of the scholars who first studied the collection considered some of the New Testament manuscripts, especially P.The manuscripts also helped scholars understand the construction of papyrus codices. II, VII, IX + X), while in others the gathering varies from a single sheet (I) to five (V) or seven (VII). IX/X) is believed to have contained roughly 236 pages. Chester Beatty I (P) to be of the Caesarean text-type, this has little support today.One account is that the manuscripts were in jars in a Coptic graveyard near the ruins of the ancient city of Aphroditopolis.Other theories have proposed that the collection was found near the Fayum instead of Aphroditopolis, or that the location was a Christian church or monastery instead of a graveyard.The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri or simply the Chester Beatty Papyri are a group of early papyrus manuscripts of biblical texts.
Because of this, the exact circumstances of the find are not clear.
There is significant variation between the construction of each manuscript. The textual character is generally described as being eclectic, mixed, or unaligned.
There are eleven manuscripts in the group, seven consisting of portions of Old Testament books, three consisting of portions of the New Testament (Gregory-Aland no.
P), and one consisting of portions of the Book of Enoch and an unidentified Christian homily. They are housed in part at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, and in part at the University of Michigan, among a few other locations.
Most of the papyri were bought from a dealer by Alfred Chester Beatty, after whom the manuscripts are named, although some leaves and fragments were acquired by the University of Michigan and a few other collectors and institutions.
The papyri were first announced on November 19, 1931, although more leaves were acquired over the next decade. Kenyon published the manuscripts in The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri: Descriptions and Texts of Twelve Manuscripts on Papyrus of the Greek Bible, in an 8 volume work that spanned 1933-58. Chester Beatty followed by a corresponding Roman numeral between I-XII, one for each manuscript.