Though Tatian closely followed the wording of the Gospels, he put the verses in a different sequence.
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Textual critics are scholars who examine and evaluate all the surviving manuscripts in order to accurately reproduce the original text.
And here we begin to see the importance of this little fragment of papyrus encased in glass in John Rylands Library.
In 2003 the present Bodmer Library of World Literature opened in Cologny, near Geneva, Switzerland.
Among the approximate 160,000 items is a copy of the Guttenberg Bible, and a group of manuscripts — “P66,” “P72,” and “P75,” some of the world’s earliest Christian writings.
The Diatessaron, which means “Harmony of Four” was created by Tatian, a Christian writer in the second century.
It combines the four canonical Gospels into a single harmonious narrative.The fragment contains words from the account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate.As the papyrus contains writing on both sides, it must be from a codex, a type of book, rather than a scroll.From this fragment we know that already in the first half of the second century there were Christians along the Nile and these Christians were reading the very same words of God that we read today.” Martin Bodmer, who began amassing his collection of the world’s best books and early writings at the age of 16, died in 1971.He turned down an offer to sell his expansive collection.“P72” is the earliest copy of the epistle of Jude and the two epistles of Peter.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating