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The first-century gospel is one of hundreds of new texts that a team of about three-dozen scientists and scholars is working to uncover, and analyze, by using this technique of ungluing the masks, said Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
"We're recovering ancient documents from the first, second and third centuries. Not just Christian documents, not just biblical documents, but classical Greek texts, business papers, various mundane papers, personal letters," Evans told Live Science. The documents include philosophical texts and copies of stories by the Greek poet Homer.
The business and personal letters sometimes have dates on them, he said. When the glue was dissolved, the researchers dated the first-century gospel in part by analyzing the other documents found in the same mask.
originally posted by: Klassified
If it doesn't fit modern xtian doctrine, it will be discredited. If it does fit modern doctrine, it will be hailed as the "holy grail", and be used for years to come as proof the bible is the "word of god".
I'd be more interested in the Greek materials
originally posted by: stormcell
They used to say that only the wealthy were taught how to read and write. This suggests that everyone in Egypt was taught how to read and write. So they would have had schools, colleges and workplace training.
originally posted by: stormcellThere was another report where they found the diary of a teenage girl on a clay pot in a house abandoned to the desert. And it was over 3000 years old.
If they do do you think we'll ever find out? Not a chance.