Dating the Good News

The following note was written in usenet in response to the following demand:. That is, we know ‘latest dates’, earlier dates have to be substantiated. I reproduce it here, because I feel it summarises my view on this better than I have otherwise been able to achieve. This is very much the thrust of late 19th-early 20th century scholarship; that the new testament documents must not be dated any earlier than can be conclusively shown from other documents themselves not subjected to this approach, fortunately. I rather think the logical fallacy with this has been mentioned; but it’s really rather theoretical these days. The discovery of P52, dateable ca. But more, it demonstrated incontrovertibly that the methodology – of dating as late as possible – was wrong. The result was a quiet but general retreat from the extreme positions adopted under the influence of this approach, and the result is the generally much more conservative datings of the 40’s and 50s.

“New” Date for that St John’s Fragment, Rylands Library Papyrus P52

All of the books of the New Testament were written within a lifetime of the death of Jesus of Nazareth. To date we have over Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, with an astounding 2. No other ancient text can compare with the New Testament when it comes to the sheer volume of manuscripts, nor when we consider how close the earliest manuscripts are to the originals.

This means that these two manuscripts date to within years of the original autographs. Papyrus P98 P.

However, palaeography is not an exact science – none of the comparable Biblical manuscripts are dated and most papyri bearing a secure date are administrative​.

Much has been written about this tiny 3. Over time I have come to believe that if a first century copy of the New Testament were found, this discovery would make little to no impact on belief among those who now use this argument against the faith. Many other ancient texts have a much larger gap between date of composition and first surviving copy, yet we never question the historical reliability of those sources.

However, scholars debate the P52 because methods of dating a fragment of text vary. Carbon dating, paleography, and comparison with similar sources tend to indicate different time spans, and as we might expect, conservative New Testament scholars sometimes pick earlier dates for fragments while secularists lean more toward later dates. What I find most interesting about the P52, however, has very little to do with date.

What fascinates me is that this particular bit of Scripture would be preserved. But I do find great irony in the fact that this scrap of text contains the answer to the question that we are all seeking when we try to validate or invalidate the gospel by historical proofs. P52 contains a tiny piece of the 18th chapter of John’s gospel, a scene from the trial of Jesus, when Pilate is attempting to figure out what Christ’s crime has been. Jesus has already faced the Jewish authorities.

Brent Nongbri on P52

This group includes the Rylands Library Papyrus P52 , containing part of St John’s Gospel, and perhaps dating from between and The earliest manuscript is a business card sized fragment from the Gospel of John, Rylands Library Papyrus P52 , which dates to the first half of the 2nd century. For some time it was common practice to assert that the Rylands Library Papyrus P52 , which contains a small portion of chapter 18 of John’s gospel, demonstrated that the text of the ” Gospel of John ” spread rapidly through Egypt in the second century.

Some of these fragments have even been thought to date as early as the 2nd century i. The most notable are the ” St John Fragment “, believed to be the oldest extant New Testament text, Rylands Library Papyrus P52 , the earliest fragment of the text of the canonical Gospel of John; the earliest fragment of the Septuagint, Papyrus Rylands ; and Papyrus Rylands , a manuscript fragment of the apocryphal Gospel of Mary.

Is P52 Really the Earliest Greek New Testament Manuscript? which is contemporaneous with P. Oxyrhynchus ) for dating P52 to the early second century.

A world-champion under threat? If you come to Manchester, do visit the John Rylands Library and go to the permanent display room. This tiny scrap of papyrus, which B. Grenfell brought back, among other purchases, from his last trip to Egypt in , was recognised as belonging to a codex with at least some passages from the Gospel of John only later on, by C.

Roberts published the fragment in and dated it on a palaeographical basis, assigning the handwriting to the first half of the second century AD. The head manuscript curator of the John Rylands Library, John Hodgson, and many of his colleagues know this story well because I often guide visiting groups and students and entertain them on the matter in front of the holy case want to see me and the papyrus?

At the Rylands we often joke about the imminent loss of our place as the oldest in the New Testament championship.

On Dating NT Manuscripts and the Codex

The front recto contains lines from the Gospel of John , in Greek , and the back verso contains lines from verses Although Rylands P52 is generally accepted as the earliest extant record of a canonical New Testament text [ See 7Q5 for an alternate candidate. The style of the script is strongly Hadrian ic, which would suggest a date somewhere between and CE. But the difficulty of fixing the date of a fragment based solely on paleographic evidence allows for a range of dates that extends from before CE past CE.

52 rests both upon its proposed early dating and upon its the date of authorship for the Gospel of John must be at least a few years prior.

In , Bernard Greenfell acquired some papyri in Egypt. Among them were some small fragments. Many libraries around the world that concern thelselves with ancient writings have large collections of these small shards of papyrus. This 2. John’s College at Oxford, C. Roberts, began sorting through them.

The Earliest New Testament Manuscripts

The designation P52 refers to a small papyrus scrap P. Rylands 3. As time went on, however, there has been a increasing tendency to stress the lower part of the range. Nevertheless, this trend has begun to reverse itself inthe late s, especially among German paleographers, in which the later part of the range is being extended to around the end of the second century. Now Nongbri is making a similar case in an English-language article.

Journal article."P52” (‘PRyl’) and nomina sacra (A short study on the dating of the Rylands fragment of the ‘Gospel of John’). Publication.

Back in , I wrote an article on P. As a result of this, I argued that P. At a conference in Manchester in I gave a paper that collected some new archival evidence on both the acquisition of this papyrus and the establishing of its date. Roberts in The Journal of Religion 16 , I thought I would highlight some of its salient lines:. But it is exactly in regard to date that a study of literary papyrus hands encounters difficulties.

The scarcity of dated material for comparison and the stereotyped nature of the script make anything more than approximate dating very difficult. The wise reader will, therefore, hesitate to base any important argument on the exact decade in which this papyrus was written; he will even hesitate to close the door on the possibility that it may be later than A. I had mixed feelings when I found this review. On the one hand it was a bit disturbing that I had missed the opinion of a prominent scholar I had tried to be pretty exhaustive in reviewing the bibliography.

Dating the New Testament

John’s fragment , is a fragment from a papyrus codex , measuring only 3. The front recto contains parts of seven lines from the Gospel of John — 33 , in Greek , and the back verso contains parts of seven lines from verses 37— Although Rylands 52 is generally accepted as the earliest extant record of a canonical New Testament text, [2] the dating of the papyrus is by no means the subject of consensus among scholars.

After dating to NVM v 45 the monitor now works. Is the P52 BIOS up to date? Is the Workstation Dock firmware up to date? Martin. Quick Reply.

The object of the recent article is a critique of the tendencies of a few scholars in NT studies to push for early datings of NT manuscripts, sometimes highly improbably early datings. Of course the one manscript that is of most popular and controversial interest is P52, that small scrap of text from the Gospel of John. The main point of interest of this fragment is that it is generally dated to around CE, and that since it was found in Egypt, this date accordingly is evidence that the Gospel of John, generally thought to have been composed in Asia Minor, must have been some time earlier than CE.

And since the Gospel of John is widely considered the latest of the canonical gospels, this fragment can serve as evidence for the traditional dating of the Gospels — the last decades of the first century. Larry Hurtado does not appear to be particularly interested in P52 since he makes no mention of it in his post, though he does mention around 15 other manuscripts.

Thiede has argued for a first century date for P Two forms of writing originated in bureaucratic and chancery practices. The first type comprising a large number of New Testament manuscripts was used in the main central and peripheral offices in the second and third centuries. The manuscripts P46, P52 , P87, P belong to a specific type of bureaucratic and chancery script. P52 may be compared with P.

Rylands Library Papyrus P52

It is axiomatic that a book cannot be written later than its earliest copy, so identification of the oldest biblical manuscripts is an initial step in dating the books of the Old Testament. Sinaiticus is so named because it was discovered at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at the foot of Mount Sinai. This manuscript is now kept at the British library in London. A slightly older manuscript is Codex Vaticanus. This manuscript has been housed in the Vatican library for as long as it has been known.

Vaticanus was written by about A.

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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Download Free PDF. Brent Nongbri. Moody Smith writes the following about the date of John: For a time, particularly in the early part of the twentieth century, the possibility that John was not written, or at least not published, until [t[the]id-second cen- tury was a viable one.

At that time Justin Martyr espoused a logos Christology, without citing the Fourth Gospel explicitly.

The Bible and Modern Discoveries (3): the “P52” Papyrus

P 52 is the oldest known manuscript fragment of the New Testament. This photo is of the recto front side. Therefore Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law. Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the king of the Judeans?

The discovery of P52, a papyrus fragment with the New Testament text, has had a tremendous effect on the dating of the Gospel of John. Dr. Daniel B. Wallace.

Some comments I posted to textualcriticism when the article first appeared: There are some excellent things in this article. It is very powerful on the emergence of a spurious ‘consensus’ for an early 2nd cent date for P52 without any supporting evidence or argumentation. This sort of ‘groupthink’ slippage is well documented and shows that even senior NT text critics don’t always appeal to relevant evidence see note 22 on pp : ‘This so-called “consensus” in “recent opinion,” as it rests on assertions with no evidence, is highly dubious.

Since this seems to be an endemic problem for NT studies generally, it is helpful to have such a good case study. A good one for students to ponder. Fayyum , AD 94, is the closest datable manuscript to P It is very helpful to get all the photos here and looking pretty clear. That takes a bit of work and helps everyone. This seems strange as after all the work it would have been useful to get his considered opinion on this.

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