Tim linked to some background info on the reported discovery of the new fragment of the Gospel of Mark. Here is some further discussion that might be of interest:
Covers in serious depth some important aspects to what we have been reading about. Roger’s conclusion:
If the discovery is genuine, then it is wonderful. Any recovery of lost texts from antiquity is a joy, and any very early witness to any important text is to be treasured.
But is it genuine? We cannot say. But the manner in which it is becoming known to the public does nothing to give me confidence.
So I think we need to hold our horses, and await proper publication. To me, all this is too good to be true. But let’s hope not.
From Dorothy King of Dorothy King’s PhDiva:
Dorothy adds pics of something she thinks she recognizes from … — one of several attached here. Interesting comments, too, such as. . .
Interesting similarity of handwriting … between these fragments I posted photos of yesterday from the Turkish eBay seller “Zelis eksioglu” …and the newly discovered Gospel of Mark 😉
These top three photos of material he was touting to sell “off eBay” and below the ones of the Gospel of Mark Josh McDowell recently ‘discovered’ … although frankly when the seller is boasting of what it is …
And more interesting observations on Dorothy’s blog.
Another scholar, Jim Davila of PaleoJudaica.com has some interesting background links via:
- The earliest manuscript of the NT?
- Check out More on those early NT mss and More from Brice C. Jones on the Green Collection
By John Loftus of Debunking Christianity:
Links to International Business Times article by Mary-Ann Russon. (Though I think Tim’s post with Bart Ehrman’s article also links to this.)
And by P.J. Williams of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog:
Williams discusses what can be prudently gleaned from the media reports and matters of ethics.
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