Factoid: Oldest piece of the New Testament

The oldest known fragment of a manuscript of the gospel of John is 3 1/2 inches and is dated to  approximately125 CE. It was found in Egypt in the 1920s.

It records portions of John 18 in Greek on both sides.

the Jews, “For us it is not permitted to kill
anyone,” so that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he
spoke signifying what kind of death he was going to
to die. Entered therefore again into the Praeto-
rium Pilate and summoned Jesus
and he said to him, “Thou art king of the

On the flip side:

… a King I am. For this I have been born
and (for this) I have come into the world so that I would
testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth
hears of me my voice.” Said to him
Pilate, “What is truth?” and this
having said, again he went out unto the Jews
and said to them, “I

2 thoughts on “Factoid: Oldest piece of the New Testament

  1. Wow! All that on that tiny of a fragment! Each of one of those letters must carry a wallop! Or is this not a picture of the entire fragment?


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