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Egerton Papyrus
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Named after a patron of the British Museum, Papyrus Egerton 2 (= PLondon Christ.1) was purchased in Egypt in 1934; the exact location of its discovery, however, cannot be ascertained with certainty. At the time of its publication in 1935, the papyrus was considered to be the oldest extant Christian document (dating to “c. 150”), though it lost that status in the very same year to Papyrus 52 in the list of New Testament manuscripts, which was dated to “c. 125.” It nevertheless elic…

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Lührmann, Dieter, “Egerton Papyrus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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