Photo courtesy of the Chester Beatty Library

Paul’s letter to the Romans (shown here) is included in the oldest known collection (c. 180–200 A.D.) of the Pauline epistles—called P46 (with “P” for papyrus) by scholars. Of the original manuscript’s 208 pages, 172 have survived—112 in the Chester Beatty Library and 60 in the University of Michigan’s library. It includes 10 letters in all, starting with Romans. The manuscript is unusual in that it places the anonymous Letter to the Hebrews right after Romans, indicating that the community that produced this papyrus attributed Hebrews to Paul.