Earliest paparyi dating
Thiede spends an exorbitant amount of space demonstrating that 7Q5 should be dated no later than c. An interesting concession by the author, however, is the fact that C. Roberts, on whose expertise he relies, gives a variance of Even the most conservative NT scholars do not date the Gospel of Mark as early as this upper limit set by Roberts.
On 1 February 2012, I debated Bart Ehrman at UNC Chapel Hill on whether we have the wording of the original New Testament today.He has written, edited, or contributed to more than thirty books, including Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament—the standard intermediate Greek grammar.He is the executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.This was our third such debate, and it was before a crowd of more than 1000 people.I mentioned 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 now increase our holdings as follows: we have as many as eighteen New Testament manuscripts from the second century and one from the first.If this is true, it would be the oldest fragment of the New Testament known to exist.
Up until now, no one has discovered any first-century manuscripts of the New Testament.
The book under review is, in many respects, the culmination of his efforts.
, Thiede’s first book in English on the subject, has been written to appeal to a wider audience (since his earlier writings have almost completely fallen on deaf German ears).
Instead, the papyri function to confirm what New Testament scholars have already thought was the original wording or, in some cases, to confirm an alternate reading—but one that is already found in the manuscripts.
As an illustration: Suppose a papyrus had the word “the Lord” in one verse while all other manuscripts had the word “Jesus.” New Testament scholars would not adopt, and have not adopted, such a reading as authentic, precisely because we have such abundant evidence for the original wording in other manuscripts.
The original New Testament text is found somewhere in the manuscripts that have been known for quite some time.