Explore the significance of the priceless discovery of Papyrus 52 (P52), the earliest known fragment of the New Testament. Delve into its historical context, dating, and impact on our understanding of early Christian manuscripts and the Gospel of John.
The latest calculations have all known Greek manuscripts at about 5,898, written from as early as 110 C.E. to as late as the end of the fifteenth-century. P52 although a fragment is one of the most important.
The oldest manuscript of the New Testament known today is P52, a small fragment from John’s Gospel, dated to the first half of the second century (110-150 C.E.).
Why is this fragment of John’s Gospel so valuable to those who love the Bible today? What did the experts conclude about it?