:: Thursday, October 02, 2003 ::
I got the opportunity to view a very old manuscript from the book of James today. It's a 3rd century papyrus of James 1:10 - 12, 15 - 18. The 15-18 side was up in the display case at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois. For the scholars out there, this is P23, Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1229.
It's in grade-A condition... all the letters are clear, except where there are some missing along the bottom due to damage. It's a great MS to try reading - the letters are all done in a clear, round hand, and it was written slowly, not like some of the others that run all the letters together in almost a "cursive."
I loved being able to lean over the glass case and read the Bible - written by someone so long ago. We are part of something bigger than ourselves!
:: Matt 10/02/2003 11:32:00 PM :: permalink ::