(The oldest fragment we know of is from the Gospel of John, called P52 [Papyrus 52—pictured to the right], discovered in 1934 and dated to the first half of the second century.) As Peter Williams points out, 1-2 will not help researchers reach a date as precise as AD 80 or 90. But even this makes it difficult to reach a certain conclusion.Williams explains a best-case scenario: If for convenience we suppose that  other manuscripts in the mask are ones with dates that survive (remembering that for a majority of texts no date survives) and  that the mask luckily enough contains four texts with firm date formulae (which would be really nice, but quite unlikely) and that these date formulae show manuscripts from the years 50, 60, 70 and 80, [then] that would still not mean that they could not be put together with a manuscript from considerably later than the year 90 to make a mummy mask. Thiedes arguments concerning the date of P64 and suggests that he has both over-estimated the amount of stylistic similarity between P64 and several Palestinian Greek manuscripts and under-estimated the strength of the scholarly consensus of a date around AD 200. 236, the letter refers to the third year, which is known from other letters of Syrus (e.g. Comparable manuscripts are adduced and examined which lead to the conclusion that the later date is to be preferred. Introduction This article is a response to the arguments of Carsten Peter Thiede which were republished in the previous issue of Tyndale Bulletin. He also made several trips to the Middle East, studied hundreds of documents, and published his findings.In the 20th century, additional tools became available to paleographers. Minuscule writing, a small form of book hand, was employed from the 8th or 9th century C. till the middle of the 15th century, when printing by means of movable type began in Europe.It was reported yesterday that a three-dozen member team of scientists and scholars—apparently including the well-respected New Testament historian Craig Evans—is working on a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of Mark, discovered as part of an ancient Egyptian funeral mask.
Catherine’s monastery, located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.If you bookmarked the site before that date, please visit again now and update your bookmark.The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (Daniel B.Our conclusion (section VII) will follow from these comparisons. A further comment by way of introduction and orientation may be appropriate. For a recent plate and discussion (following new conservation work), see R.