"We’re getting about as close to the writings of the New Testament as you can get." John Dickson enters the climate-controlled vault housing the earliest manuscripts of the epistles of Paul, and speaks to head archivist Brendan Haug about where these "papers" came from and what they mean.
"Here's the cool thing about New Testament studies: we have so many copies! We've just been talking about P.46 in this episode, the earliest. But we have hundreds of manuscripts, fragments and huge portions from different periods of Roman history and different parts of the empire, and we can line them up all together and work out where the variations have taken place." -- John Dickson, episode 1
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Links related to this episode:
- Read more about P46 from UM's collection.
- Find out more about Hilarion's letter to Alis, that John mentions in his introduction.
- Discover the extent of the University of Michigan's Papyrology Collection, a world-renowned collection of ancient texts dating from about 1000 BCE to 1000 CE.
- Check out "the maserati" of biblical copies - the Codex Sinaiticus.
About the University of Michigan's Papyrology Collection
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Every week on Undeceptions we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’ and let the truth ‘out’.