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Was Oldest Gospel Found in Mummy Mask?
January 22, 2015
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"(CNN)—Media outlets have been abuzz this week with the news that the oldest fragment of a New Testament gospel -- and thus the earliest witness of Jesus' life and ministry -- had been discovered hidden inside an Egyptian mummy mask and was going to be published.

The announcement of the papyrus' discovery and impending publication was made by Craig Evans, professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Evans described the papyrus as a fragment of the Gospel of Mark.

He added that a combination of handwriting analysis (paleography) and carbon dating led him and his team of researchers to conclude that the fragment was written before 90 A.D. This would make it at least a decade older than other early fragments of the New Testament and, thus, an invaluable resource for biblical scholars and object of considerable interest for Christians the world over. ...

... Though it may be making headlines now, the claim that the "oldest known gospel" has been discovered is not new.

News of the fragment first came to light in 2012 when its existence was (perhaps inadvertently) announced by Daniel Wallace, founder of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts at Dallas Theological Seminary.

No one saw the text then, and no one has seen it now; though it has been mentioned repeatedly by a select group of people who evidently have been given access to it, its planned date of publication has been consistently pushed back, from an original plan of 2013 to 2015 and now, just this week, all the way to 2017."...

Keep Reading: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/living/go ... index.html

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January 22, 2015
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I caught this the other night..on a web news site and was a bit interested in it before my lunch time expired and it was back to work.

My reaction to it in the form of a question is....

What kind of text is found in it..

Is it Koine Greek?? Common Greek of the streets.

Or is it in Classical Greek??

Or another form.

I get no hint from the article.

Agree..there have been many claims for the oldest texts or manuscripts.

While interesting..I don't take much stock into it other than to notice it.

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January 23, 2015
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They're playing it awfully close to the vest and may indeed be just another claim. Thanks for the text references. :thumbup:

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January 24, 2015
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Your welcome.
Certain texts and writing styles are known and dated. I am often astounded to learn how much someone knows using different dating methods and the basis of these decisions. Someone out there has a lot of small information's of which the ordinary person would never have need to know.

I recall someone making comment on a mummy found and how they knew certain details of the find by the weave of the cloth.

I was stunned....

What kind of person knows the details of how people did weaving over a thousand years ago. Wow!!

But also..I had not considered the concept that they are playing this one close to the vest. Thank you for bringing that to my. attention and expansion and in that light.

It reminds me in like manner for which the Dead Sea Scrolls were kept close to the vest in certain details for so many years.

To my knowledge, albeit limited, The oldest New Testament manuscript or copy is Called the Magdalen Papyri. As I recall it is from the Book of Matthew and dated around 50 AD or so. It is just a little scrap of paper found in the early 1900s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalen_papyrus

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