Ancient New Testament papyrus found listed on eBay for just $99
An assistant professor has found a 1,700 year old New Testament papyrus on eBay-with a starting bid of just $99.
Geoffrey Smith,assistant professor at the of early Christianity at the University of Texas, spotted the manuscript on the auction site and immediately contacted the seller to ask him to take it down before it 'disappeared into a private collection.'
He then met with the seller to analyse the fragment, which he found to be an ancient Greek papyrus fragment from the Gospel of Saint John dating from between A.D. 250 and A.D. 350.
Smith believes the fragment could be the only the only known Greek New Testament papyrus that appears on an unused scroll rather than a codex and is planning on presenting his findings during the annual Society of Biblical Literature conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend.
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