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An ancient papyrus codex containing the earliest complete texts of Jonah and 1 Peter is one of a number of manuscripts and Bibles set to be auctioned by Christie’s New York on June 11, 2024. The Crosby-Schøyen Codex first came to light when it was purchased in the 1950’s by the University of Mississippi. It was acquired by Dr. Martin Schøyen in 1988. The codex, which dates to AD 250-350 contains five Christian texts in Coptic: Melito’s On Passover, 2 Macc. 5:27–7:41, 1 Peter, Jonah, and an Easter morning homily. The auction house estimates it will sell for between $2.6 million to $3.8 million.


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