19 April, 2005

Papyrus Scraps Being Decoded

Did anyone see this news on Monday? I received it an e-mail from The Schaeffer Study Center, and decided to check into it further.

The Independent Online carried the story and I'll include a snip of it here:

Decoded at last: the 'classical holy grail' that may rewrite the history of the world

Scientists begin to unlock the secrets of papyrus scraps bearing long-lost words by the literary giants of Greece and Rome

"In the past four days alone, Oxford's classicists have used it to make a series of astonishing discoveries, including writing by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other literary giants of the ancient world, lost for millennia. They even believe they are likely to find lost Christian gospels, the originals of which were written around the time of the earliest books of the New Testament."

Very, very interesting. They say it may lead to another Renaissance, and change some of what we know about ancient history. And what of the lost Christian gospels? Are these older copies of what we already have, or are they going to be "passed off" as some new information which may or may not match the four gospels we have to date?
Hmmm, I shall wait to comment further for now...

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