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The Jesus Papyrus: The Most Sensational Evidence on the Origin of the Gospel Since the Discover of the Dead Sea Scrolls [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Galilee Trade
ISBN  038548898X  
EAN  9780385488983  

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Follows the work of Dr. Carsten Peter Thiede, who studied a virtually forgotten, fragmented papyrus that contained excerpts from the Gospel of Matthew and who came to believe that these text were originally written between 40 and 70 A.D. Reprint.

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In 1901, the Reverend Charles B. Huleatt acquired three pieces of a New Testament manuscript on the murky antiquities market of Luxor, Egypt. He donated these papyrus fragments to his alma mater, Magdalen College in Oxford, England, where they sat in a display case and drew very little attention. Nearly a century later, the fragments -- part of the Gospel of Matthew and thought to date from A.D. 180-200 -- were reevaluated by scholar Carsten Peter Thiede. His research showed the bits of papyrus to be significantly older, written about A.D. 60.

But what is all the fuss about? How can three ancient papyrus fragments be so significant? How did Thiede arrive at this radical early dating? And what does it mean to the average Christian? Now readers have authoritative answers to these pivotal questions, in a book written by Thiede himself and by Times of London journalist Matthew d'Ancona, who originally broke the story to the public. Indeed, the Magdalen Papyrus corroborates three traditions: Saint Matthew actually wrote the Gospel bearing his name; he wrote it within a generation of Jesus' death; and the Gospel stories about Jesus are true. Some will vehemently deny Thiede's claims, others will embrace them, but nobody can ignore "The Jesus Papyrus."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The late Carsten Peter Thiede taught at the Department of International Studies at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Winner of the Charles Douglas-Horne Award and the Oxford University H. W. C. David Prize in Modern History, he was also a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Among his books is "The Jesus Papyrus."

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Shines new light on Scripture's Antiquity  Nov 4, 2006
The Jesus Papyrus by Matthew D'Ancona reads like an ancient detective story. If D'Ancona is correct in his early dating of Matthew, then all the synoptic gospels are much more contemporary with the Apostles than scripture scholars previously thought. They are therefore more historically reliable then previously reckoned, because those who were eye witnesses to the events were still alive and able to give testimony to their historical aspects. It does not make the Gospels biography or history. However, the historical elements in them are now more dependable. This book will cause liberal scholars to deal with its well-reasoned hypothesis.
Eyewitness to Jesus?  Aug 21, 2006
A few of scraps of papyrus seemingly stand the world of New Testament scholarship on its head. The scraps are believed to be from the Gospel of Matthew. When they were discovered, they were dated to the time period 80-100 A.D. Thiede re-examines the scraps and finds them to date from around 60 A.D. Such a dating would mean that Matthew's Gospel most likely was written by an eyewitness. It would also mean that the four document hypothesis, that well-respected mainstay of Gospel scholarship, is dead wrong. Thiede tries manfully to explain how he came to the dating. In so doing, he must explain the arcane, esoteric, and almost impenetrable world of papyrology. It makes for slow, painful reading, and students who are not familiar with the science of the study of papyrus scraps will have to take much of what Thiede says on faith. Those of a conservative bent will readily embrace Thiede's findings; the more liberal Bible students will not. Whichever side you take, or even if you fall somewhere in the middle, you should find it worth your effort to read this book.

Caveat Emptor: This is a reprint. Thiede first published this book as "Eyewitness to Jesus." If you've already read "Eyewitness," you might want to purchase something else.
Very Informative!  Oct 5, 2000
I finished this book in two days and found it very intriguing as to a topic new to me. Prior to my reading, I thought that the Egyptian found early 2nd century fragment of John's gospel was the earliest recovered piece of New Testament literature. However, this book proves that 3 fragments, also Egyptian found, are pre-Jerusalem destruction (AD 70) although once dated as 3rd-4th century. This book will be beneficial and faith augmenting to Christians because it shows that Matthew's gospel was written in the 60s of the first century, if not earlier, contrary to the vein of critical scholars who late date the New Testament and claim the real Jesus is clouded by post-destruction inventions. With this earlier, more historically reliable dating of the Matthean fragments, we can put Mark's gospel at an even earlier date! Speaking of the Markan account, this book also goes into some depth in establishing that a fragment found in Cave 7 at Qumran (home to the Dead Sea Scrolls) is indeed a portion of Mark, making its latest date AD 68. The authors do very well in justifying their conclusions, which they do also by juxtaposition of the fragments and other works of antiquity in what seems to be a valid methodology. I feel the Magdalen papyrus (the 3 Matthean fragments as to which the title refers) could very possibly to some extent revolutionize New Testament historical thinking by serving as a new paradigm. Anyone interested in Papyrology or New Testament historicity should read The Jesus Papyrus!

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