When It Comes to the Bible, We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Who knows what documents are still hidden around the world?

George J. Ziogas
Irrelevant Matters

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Researchers have proclaimed that a 1600-year-old document in their library collection “is the oldest-ever manuscript detailing Jesus Christ’s life as a child.”

The papyrus document, held by a library in Hamburg, Germany, is believed to be from the 4th or 5th century C.E. Scholars say it had not been studied previously because the handwriting on it appeared so “clumsy,” that it was thought to be part of a private letter or other mundane list.

But after researchers decoded it further and found the name “Jesus” in the text, they declared the document the oldest surviving example ever found of the “Infancy Gospel of Thomas.”

The story of the Bible is also a story of what’s not in it

The Bible, also known as the “holy scripture of the Christian religion,” is not just one book. It’s many books combined together that purport to tell a history of Earth from its creation through the ministry and death of Jesus Christ, as well as the formation of the Christian church, in the first century C.E.

(Religion and literary criticism are both taken extremely seriously by their practitioners, so be

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George J. Ziogas
Irrelevant Matters

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