Uncover John: The St John Fragment

Uncover John: The St John Fragment


I’ve come to the university of Manchester, John Rylands Library, to see this. It’s just one of thousands of fragments of
papyrus found in Egypt and brought back to England in the 1920s. But this isn’t any scrap of ancient paper. This is papyrus P52, known as the St John fragment. It’s normally thought to be the oldest surviving
copy of any part of the four witness accounts of Jesus’ life. Most scholars agree that it was written between the years 125 and 150 A.D. It’s just a few words of chapter 18 of John’s account. So how do we get from this to the book we
can hold today? We’ve extensive manuscripts of John’s Gospel from about 100 years after this fragment was written. By the 4th century, John’s Gospel is found
complete in copies of the Greek New Testament. From there, it’s easy to consistently trace
the text through to the first printed Bibles, and to the Bibles we have today. It’s amazing, that by around 100 years after
Jesus’ death, copies of this biography had clearly made it as far as the Nile, where
people would be reading the same words we have centuries later. So why not read this eye witness account of
the life and death of Jesus for yourself?

1 Reply to “Uncover John: The St John Fragment”

  1. Could you put your links in the description, to make them easy to follow? http://uncover.org.uk/john/reliable I typed this link wrongly, a first time, just composing this comment!

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