P75 Donated to the Vatican
- Ancient Papyrus Donated to the Vatican
Contains Parts of the Gospels of Luke and John
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 24, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI received as a
gift to the Holy See one of the most ancient manuscripts of the
Gospels, an artifact that demonstrates Scripture's historical
The Pope was given the 14-15 Bodmer Papyrus (P75), dated between A.D.
175 and 225, on Monday by Frank Hanna and his family, of the United
"The papyrus contains about half of each of the Gospels of Luke and
John. It was written in Egypt and perhaps used as a liturgical book,"
explained Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, archivist and librarian of the
Holy Roman Church, during the audience.
The manuscript previously belonged to the library of the Bodmer
Foundation in Cologny, Switzerland, and is now in the Vatican
"The Pope's library possesses the most ancient testimony of the
Gospel of Luke and among the most ancient of the Gospel of John,"
added the cardinal.
The Bodmer Papyrus contains 144 pages and is the oldest manuscript
that contains the text of the two Gospels in one papyrus.
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