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New NT Papyrus findings?

February 2012
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Most of my students do not have textual criticism of the New Testament as their favorite part of their studies. On the one hand, it is a wearysome procedure to get familiar with the intracities of various manuscripts, textforms, textual variants and the pro et contra arguments. On the other hand, using the UBS edition, the variants are already evaluated. Hence, what’s the purpose of spending time on it. In addition, some says it does not pay off very much for their pastoral future work.

Whatever on might think about such arguments, it is always exciting when rumors get out of possible new findings of manuscripts or pieces of papyri.

In the recent times several blogs have been discussing just that.The debate has been triggered not at least by this blog:  See also here: Credo House. Here Daniel B. Wallace says that

seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered—six of them probably from the second century and one of them probably from the first. These fragments will be published in about a year.

This blogpost has been commented on by several others, and this discussion is in itself interesting, whatever might turn out of these possible discoveries. I encourage you to take a look at these blogposts in addition to that mentioned above:

Larry Hurtado; Newly-Identified Early New Testament Fragments?
Mark Goodacre; Earliest manuscript fragment of Mark rumour.
Andreas Köstenberger; Ehrman-Wallace Debate Wrap-Up

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