Oldest fragment of Mark’s Gospel found?

Maybe, maybe not. Don’t get excited.

“By its very nature, a forgery must be of something which is exciting to people in the period in which it is ‘discovered’. That’s where the money is. Nobody is going to forge something that nobody is interested in. But it is often the case that this modern excitement is over something that would not have been exciting in antiquity. It is this dichotomy that marks out a forgery.

“So any ‘discovery’ that is of current interest, that fits squarely into a matter of current agitation, or fits the political or religious views of the discoverer particularly well, must be scrutinised with rational but exceptional caution.” — A first century fragment of Mark’s gospel? Some thoughts by an outsider, by Roger Pearse

We’ll have to wait and see.


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