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08 April 2016

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A CACHE of documents which came to public attention in the 1950s and 1960s has helped scholars in their search for the original wording of the New Testament. James Robinson tells The Story of the Bodmer Papyri: From the first monastery’s library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin. There are 35 books, written in Coptic and Greek, from pagan and Christian sources (James Clarke & Co., £20; 978-0-227-17278-0), and there are holdings in the Bibliothèque Bodmer near Geneva, in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, and in Mississippi, Cologne, and Barcelona.The manuscripts are, he says, the last remnants of the library of the Pachomian monastic order of Egypt.

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