(The following is a post by Larry Hurtado on important Biblical papyri in Dublin)
Dublin: Biblical Papyri (and Guinness, the way God made it)
I’ve just lined up interested PhD students from Edinburgh for another visit to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin (http://www.cbl.ie/) to take in their wonderful holdings, and more specifically to examine the unrivalled cache of early biblical papyri housed there. (For general readers of this site who don’t know the importance of these manuscripts, the Wikipedia entry is actually pretty good: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Beatty_Papyri.)
Housed now in Dublin Castle, the CBL is a treasure trove, reason enough to visit Dublin for anyone keen on biblical studies and early papyri. Among the treasures in its trove are the earliest extant codex containing a collection of Pauline letters (“P46”, dated ca. 200 CE), the earliest extant 4-Gospel codex (“P45”, which also includes Acts, dated ca. 350 CE). As well, there are phenomenally early codices of Greek OT writings (“Septuagint”, LXX).
While in Dublin there is also Trinity College Dublin, which houses a remarkable display of historic illuminated manuscripts: “The Book of Kells” (ca. 800 CE) the “jewel in the crown”.