On display as you enter the section are a 12th-century manuscript of the Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea and a 15th-century manuscript of Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus. The latter was printed in Paris and contains paintings worthy of those of their model, Jean Fouquet.
The section also features an invaluable treasure: the famous Bodmer papyri – 900 pages in all. Their discovery in the mid-20th century revolutionized the world of theology and philology. At the heart of the collection is the 2nd-century codex of The Gospel According to Saint John. There are also a number of apocryphal gospels and Gnostic texts.
The impressive collection of original Bibles includes:
Other showcases feature texts by the Church Fathers and Doctors: Augustine, Hieronymus, Paul the Deacon, Bernard de Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Master Eckhart, Suso, and the great Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides.