Monday, April 01, 2024

Gospel of Mark in Herculaneum!

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Since Youssef Nader, Luke Farritor, and Julian Schilliger won the Vesuvius
Challenge
, we've seen more and more of the carbonized scrolls from Herculaneum identified and read. The Herculaneum Papyri have a firm terminus ante quem of A.D. 79—the date of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

The latest identification was very unexpected—a copy of Mark's Gospel from the A.D. 70s at the absolute latest! I can't wait to find out of there's enough to tell if it contains Mark 16:9–20 yet so we can know if those verses are in the Bible or not.

Read more about it here.

22 comments

  1. Hopefully we'll find out if Judas really was the only "good" disciple.

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  2. Are you sure the link in "Read more about it here" is correct?

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    1. Maybe something to do with todays date?

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    2. Is the Rick Roll so dated now that we need to explain it?

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  3. Even I too am excited to know about different endings of the Gospel of Mark.

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  4. It took me a second, but then I realized it is April 1! BTW I love the Rick Astley song! ;-)

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  5. One fragment reads: [E]lija[h] Hix[...]. Should we go with the shorter reading?

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    1. Darrell Post4/01/2024 6:22 pm

      Another fragment of the ancient text reads "Property of Herculaneum Library. Not intended for sale to American Bible Museums."

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    2. This book is seriously overdue. Can you imagine the fines!

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  6. K, so... You got me. I'm going back to Byzantine Priority now, k thx bye

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  7. I also heard that Angel Studios was making a movie about First Century Mark. Is that true?

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  8. You had me for about 30 seconds ... until I checked the date! Well done Elijah. Here's hoping that one day we do find an early copy of Mark. Happy Easter everyone.

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  9. Makes me think back: some 20 years ago I announced a very special class on the newly found Aramaic version of Matthew. The lecture hall was quite full, while I was on my way home. Same date...

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    1. Oh, I see I am registered as "Anonymous". Should've logged in.
      Cheers,
      Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte
      Amsterdam

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  10. Ha ha! Perhaps Trump should include it in his new "Bible" and charge $499

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  11. Nicely done Elijah lol

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  12. In some afterlife somewhere, one hopes "Reverend Professor" Carsten Thiede has it in him to smile at this post.

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    1. Alexander Thomson4/03/2024 11:43 pm

      Yes, indeed! They may have laughed at him over his defence of O’Callaghan, but he may be smiling on them now,

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  13. Definitely a low class, inappropriate "joke"

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    1. Alexander Thomson4/04/2024 5:19 pm

      Well, as they might have said in Herculaneum, while reclining at dinner : "de gustibus non est disputandum".

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