The publication of Papyri Graecae Schøyen II not only makes accessible more of the Papyri manuscripts in the collection, it also provided the opportunity to illustrate Martin Schøyen's contribution to scholarship: by allowing - and indeed encouraging - scholars to study and publish the manuscripts in his collection, new ways of understanding history, culture and religion have been revealed.

The texts and essays in this volume relate to manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection which collectively illustrate what one collector has achieved. It is appropriate that this volume in the Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection series is subtitled 'Texts and Essays in Honour of Martin Schøyen' on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

After an introduction by noted bibilical scholar Professor James M. Robinson, who ranks the Schøyen Collection with the Bibliotheque Bodmer near Geneva and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, the volume begins with Kristin de Toyer's commentary on MS 2649, the most important item in the Papyri collection - and one of the most important in the Schøyen Collection overall: the oldest Greek manuscript of Leviticus known to be in existence dated to the second century AD. But other scholarly treasures also bear witness to the importance of the collection to scholarship.

Ten authors writing in Italian, German and English, in addition to the editors Diletta Minutoli and Rosario Pintaudi, present their findings on such textual studies and essays as 'A ptolemaic demotic letter' (A. Menchetti) and 'A Fragment of Bamiyan in Old Uighur' (P Zieme). Other contributors include:

G. J Brooke Some Remarks on the Reconstruction of 4Qjudges
C. de Hamel The LIfe of Saint Martin
J. Freiberg & A. George Six More Mathematical Cuneiform Texts in the Schøyen Collection
M. Welte Das Neue Testament in den Sprachen Europas

Yet more manuscripts have been published and catalogued. There is more still to come.

Note to Editors:

The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.

There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, The Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.

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