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One of the Oldest Copies of the Gospel of Mark Found on a Mummy Mask

Jan. 29, 2015

by Christian Clark

A fantastic discovery of what is quite possibly the oldest fragment of the gospel of Mark dated to the first century before 90 AD.  The next oldest copy we have is in the second century of 101-200 AD. All this was found on the inside of a Mummy mask, a pretty typical practice for those who were not of status in ancient days since papyrus, the paper used for text, was expensive.  New papyrus for most was not an option, therefore, many would purchase used papyrus.  In this case the paper used was the very same paper fragment of the Gospel of Mark.  For more information click here