The Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case has been completed! Made possible by a generous gift by Gardner and Ann Parsons, the Parsons Case is dedicated to the permanent exhibit of material from the Papyrology Collection. It guarantees that the Papyrology Collection will always have at least one piece of ancient papyrus on display for public viewing. The Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case is located in the Audubon Room on the first floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library.
On Display: Epistles of St. Paul and The Shepherd of Hermas
Exhibit hours: M-F 8:30am - 7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm-7pm
On Exhibit (beginning January 31, 2014)
P. Mich. inv. 6238
Epistles of St. Paul
Greek, provenance unknown
Egypt, late 2nd/3rd c. C.E.
This is a leaf from the earliest known copy of the Epistles of Paul. Of the estimated 104 original leaves of the codex, eighty-six survive to this day. Thirty leaves are held by the University of Michigan, while a further fifty-six reside in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland. Shown here is the beginning of Ephesians, Chapter 1–11.
P. Mich. inv. 917
The Shepherd of Hermas
Greek, provenance uncertain
probably Fayyum, Egypt, second half of 3rd c. C.E.
This leaf is from a codex of The Shepherd of Hermas, a non-canonical Christian text composed originally during the late 1st or early 2nd c. C.E. The narrative concerns a former slave named Hermas who is divinely guided toward a life of Christian virtue. The text was popular amongst early Christian communities and is included with the canonical New Testament in several early Bible manuscripts. Many church fathers nonetheless considered the Shepherd apocryphal, and it was later excluded from the official canon proclaimed following the Council of Carthage in 397 C.E.