This papyrus codex containing John -33 and 37-38, was found in Egypt by Bernard P. It went unnoticed among many other manuscript fragments until 1934, when C. Roberts recognized that it contained part of the Gospel of John.In my previous post I addressed the question of the famous P52 manuscript.This means that the script is the same on both sides of each page and neither side can be used to establish a NESTLE–ALAND, 1994 = K. JUNACK (Arbeiten zur Neutestamentlichen Textforschung 1), Berlin – New York, 1994; see updates in: In the first chapter ‘the Dating of the Earliest Christian Books in Egypt’, Bagnall advances the following proposition: ‘the narrowness of much [scholarship] has permitted its practitioners to reach conclusions that I believe are profoundly at odds with fundamental social realities of the ancient world and with basic probability’ (p. Egerton 2 to around 130, it is now seen as being written sometime closer to 200.ALAND, Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Hand-schriften des Neuen Testaments. However, despite the fact that the hands of P52 and P.The Leuven Database of Ancient Books (LDAB) was used by Bagnall.The current entry for P52 in the LDAB assigns the following date range: Grenfell and Hunt have been criticized for dating the codices too late, but the criticisms against their late dating have been “refuted by B. Thiede in a series of articles and books dealing with P64 67 4, of which fragments are kept in Magdalene College Oxford, Paris and Montserrat. O’Callaghan and Thiede even found Gospel fragments among the Greek papyri from Qumran (LDAB 68), which were certainly written before the suppression of the Jewish revolt in AD 69.
To what extent have researchers’ often unstated assumptions, or perhaps aspirations, their deeply held sympathies and loyalties determined the course and the findings of the study of ancient Christian books?
I think this original narrative, which did not contain the highly theological and Christological aspects of the Canonical John, remains imbedded in the present Fourth Gospel.
I have been working on restoring the original Aramaic narrative, "proto-John," if you will, and plan to post the results on this site when completed.
Nongbri: has been put to the test by some New Testament scholars, who argue for an earlier date for most of our oldest New Testament papyri and propose a first century date for several of these. The more one reads of scholarly works the more one learns not to be overwhelmed by pages of footnotes and detail.
Details, however copious, still need to be evaluated.