Carbon dating old testament
In 2003 the present Bodmer Library of World Literature opened in Cologny, near Geneva, Switzerland.Among the approximate 160,000 items is a copy of the Guttenberg Bible, and a group of manuscripts — “P66,” “P72,” and “P75,” some of the world’s earliest Christian writings.As writer Tim Challies says in his blog post , “This little scrap of papyrus is our oldest historical link to the New Testament Scriptures.
This is where we are grateful for the discipline of textual criticism.
The Diatessaron, which means “Harmony of Four” was created by Tatian, a Christian writer in the second century.
It combines the four canonical Gospels into a single harmonious narrative.
If you missed our earlier blog post on materials used to write the Bible, we invite you to give it a read.
This portion of the Gospel of John is so old that it helps to confirm the traditional date of the composition of the Gospel to be about the end of the first century.
Interestingly, it is one of the earliest books to incorporate significant decoration to mark major divisions in the text.