Early New Testament Papyri Now Given Later Dates

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Two very early and important manuscripts of the New Testament, p66 and p75 have effectively with growing consensus by authoritative scholars, been given later date ranges extending into the 4th century CE. This is a problem.

Brief Introduction

Early New Testament documents were written on papyrus (pl. papyri), which in and of itself is a very fragile material. Summarily, it means they are difficult to preserve and quick to be destroyed (by accident). Due to so few documents existing, we cannot know much to be certain about the early New Testaments in circulation (we cannot speak of a New Testament until Marcion in the 2nd century).

Two important manuscripts, p66 and p75 have traditionally been given very early dates, somewhere around the 2nd century CE. To put this into perspective, we generally have had only roughly 7 or so manuscripts from this time period that are distinctively New Testament texts…

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3 thoughts on “Early New Testament Papyri Now Given Later Dates

  1. stewjo004

    Hahahahahahhahaahha!!! 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    Oh my God…🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 It’s… so… terrible… Hahahahahahah… 28.5% of your earliest evidence just poof into pixie dust!!! Here today, gone tomorrow. 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 Like… what are we even debating about regarding this book’s preservation? Hahahahahahahahah. Thanks QB and Paul I needed a good laugh now…. I… can’t…. breathe.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa. Tony… get in here… and… laugh… with… me….

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