Second in importance only to the Beatty biblical papyri (see CHESTER BEATTY BIBLICAL PAPYRI) is the large group of acquired by A. Chester Beatty, some of which contain the text of lost books of the Manichaean religion (see MANICHAEISM). Large sections of these have been published, including the homilies, by H. J. Polotsky (1934), and the Psalter, part 2, by C. R. C. Allberry (1938). Other Manichaean were acquired by the Berlin Papyrus Collection.

Another important comprises portions of a fourth-century copy of the book of Joshua in Sahidic; part of the same codex was separately acquired by the Bodmer Library of Geneva. The Beatty portion was and translated by A. F. Shore (1963). A papyrus copy of the of in Sahidic (Beatty Papyrus 2018), dating from the end of the fourth or beginning of the fifth century, was edited and translated by Albert Pietersma in 1981.


  • Allberry, C. R. C., ed. A Manichaean Psalm-book, pt. 2. Stuttgart, 1938.
  • Pietersma, A., ed. The of Elijah: Based on P. Chester Beatty 2018 Coptic Text, with S. T. Comstock and H. W. Attridge. Chico, Calif., 1981.
  • Polotsky, H. J., ed. Manichäische Homilien. Stuttgart, 1934.
  • Shore, A. F., ed. Joshua I-IV and Other Passages in Coptic. Dublin, 1963.