In the News: St. Paul’s Epistles – App

The University of Michigan has created an app for iOS devices.  The app allows users to view the 30 physical leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul now owned and cared for by the University of Michigan.

As reported by

Thirty of the rarest, earliest leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul, dating from 180 to 220 AD, have been digitized and turned into an interactive app usable on iPhones and iPads.

“What’s especially important is the direct experience with the ancient world,” Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the library’s papyrology collection, said of the app, called PictureIt: EP.

“History is nice to read about but it’s much more important to be able to touch history.”

The collection of letters, known to scholars as Papyrus 46, is believed to be the oldest known surviving copy of the Letters of St. Paul. Out of the 104 page collection, 30 leaves reside here in Ann Arbor, 56 leaves reside at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and 18 are lost.

Click here to read the App description on iTunes Preview.


Helpful for: St. Paul fans, Religious Studies, Bible Study, Humanities, History, Ancient Studies

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