Dating the new testament manuscripts
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.
Yale Papyri in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Vol.
Retrieved May 17, 2013, from Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: Strobel, L.
IN 1844, Bible scholar Konstantin von Tischendorf visited St.
Catherine’s monastery, located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.
Note: Several websites (NT Blog, Gospel Coalition, Andreas Köstenberger, Evangelical Textual Criticism, Hypotyposeis, etc.) have been writing about Dan Wallace's comments to Bart Erhman about the discovery of several New Testament papyri. Wallace has already written a summary of the debate, and below he clarifies what these papyri might mean.
So a major portion of the article is helpfully given over to laying out the method and categories that should be used in dating undated manuscripts (and, as the authors note, literary manuscripts are as a rule undated, and so require some sound method for estimating the matter). The Text of the New Testament: It's Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration. Retrieved May 15, 2013, from Duke University Special Collections Library: J. The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism (2nd Edition ed.). New Testament Manuscripts: Discovery and Classification. Retrieved May 19, 2013, from The American Thinker: M.