Hall gifted rare antique papyrus

Recently Mr Pavlo Smytsnyuk, one of the Hall's graduate students, made a gift to the community of a rare papyrus facsimile. 
Smytsnyuk's gift is one of only 980 copies of a facsimile of the Epistles of St. Peter. The original Epistle is variably dated to the second through the fourth century and preserved in a fragmentary form in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In 1969 it was presented to Pope Paul VI by the Swiss collector Martin Bodmer. 
The facsimile edition of the Bodmer Papyrus (VIII) was published in 2007 by Testimonio Compañía Editorial, Madrid. The Hall's new copy is believed to be the only of its kind currently in Oxford. 
Smytsnyuk has been a dedicated member of the Hall community for several years and will soon prepare to conclude his doctoral studies. 
(above left) Pavlo presents the ppapyrus to the Master
(below) a detail of the papyrus