Earliest manuscript of Gospel about Jesus’s childhood discovered

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Papyrologists decipher manuscript fragment and date it to the 4th to 5th century.

Papyrus fragment from the 4th to 5th century Photo: Staats- und Universitätsbibl
Papyrus fragment from the 4th to 5th century Photo: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg/Public Domain Mark 1.0
For decades, a papyrus fragment with the inventory number P.Hamb.Graec. 1011 remained unnoticed at the Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky State and University Library. Now papyrologists Dr Lajos Berkes from the Institute for Christianity and Antiquity at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), and Prof Gabriel Nocchi Macedo from the University of Liège, Belgium, have identified the fragment as the earliest surviving copy of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.

This is a significant discovery for the research field, as the manuscript dates back to the early days of Christianity. ...
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