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First Fragments

In 1940 a scholar of early Christianity was working his way through an ancient papyrus manuscript and found something astonishing: the only surviving fragment of the preaching of a major 2nd-century bishop, Melito of Sardis. The First Fragments exhibition runs ...

The Letters of St Paul are the most famous letters from the ancient world to survive, but they were among millions of letters sent by ordinary people about ordinary subjects. The Chester Beatty in Dublin is home to one such ...

Did you know that Dublin is home to the oldest surviving collection of the Letters of St Paul? It’s an extraordinarily precious survival from the ancient world, known to scholars as P46. The First Fragments exhibition runs in the Chester ...

Papyrus makes a great writing surface, but in ancient Egypt it was used for all sorts of other practical purposes too. A recent discovery in the Irish midlands showed, astonishingly, that papyrus was used in the early Christian period here ...

The Septuagint is the ancient translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek. It was used by Jews and Christians, and it made the stories of the people of Israel accessible to an enormous readership. Some of the oldest ...

The Rule of St Basil has always been hugely influential among Christians in the Byzantine world, but its influence is felt among Coptic Christians too, and even as far afield as Iona! For the early Irish monastic saints, St Basil ...