Early New Testament Manuscripts?


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110/117-125/138 A.D.

p52 (=John Rylands papyrus)

John 18:31-33, reverse 18:37-38 -4 verses

100-150 A.D.

p104

Matthew 21:34-37,43,45(?) -5.5 verses

100-150 A.D.

p46 (=Chester Beatty II)

70% of Paul and Hebrews -1,680 verses

c.125 A.D.

p87 - handwriting like p46.

Phm 13-15,24 (part),25b with gaps -4 verses

2nd century

Magdalen papyri

Mt 26:7-8, 10, 14-15, 22-23, 31-33 -10 verses

100/125-150/175 A.D.

p66(=Bodmer II) p14/15,p75

92% of the Gospel of John -808.5 verses

125-150 A.D.

p64, p67 (same manuscript)

(p67) Mt 3:9,15; 5:20-22,25-28 -19 verses

(p64) Mt 26:7-8,10,14-15,22-23,31-33

Early to mid 2nd century

p4 - handwriting like p64, p67

Luke 1:58-59; 1:62-2:1,6-7, etc. -95 verses

c.170 A.D.

Uncial 0212

Diatessaron pieces: Mt 27; Mk15; Lk23; Jn19

c.175 A.D.

p90

John 18:36-19:7 -12 verses

177 A.D. - 97% (855/878) of the Gospel of John, 70% of Paul and Hebrews (persecution of Aurelius)

2nd century

p98

Revelation 1:13-2:1 -9 verses

Mid to Late 2nd century

p77 and p103

Mt 23:30-39; Mt 13:55-57; 14:3-5 -16 verses

150-200 A.D.

p32

Titus 1:1-15; 2:3-8 -21 verses

c.200 A.D.

p1

Matthew 1:1-9,12,14-20; 2:14? -16.5 verses

ca.200 A.D.

p23 Urbana

James 1:10-12, 15-18 -7 verses

Late 2nd / early 3rd century

p38

Acts 18:27-19:6, 12-16 -13 verses

Late 2nd / early 3rd century

Uncial 0189

Acts 5:3-21 -18 verses

200-225 A.D.

p29

Acts 26:7-8, 20 -3 verses

200-225 A.D.

p45 (= Chester Beatty I)

Verses: Mt 71 (7%), Mk 147 (22%), Lk 242 (21%), Jn 84 (10%), Ac 289 (29%) -833 verses

Early 3rd century

p5

John 1:23-31,33-40; 16:14-30, etc. -47 verses

Early 3rd century

p30

1 Thess 4:12-13,16-17 etc., 2 Thess. -25 verses

200-250 A.D

p39

John 8:14-22 -9 verses

225-250 A.D.

p13

Heb 2:14-5:5;10:8-22,29-11:13,etc.-110 verses

3rd century

p9

1 John 4:11-12, 14-17 -9 verses

3rd century

p20

James 2:19-3:2; (part of 3:3); 3:4-9 -16 verses

3rd century

p40

Rom 1:24-27;1:31-2:3;3:21-4:8, etc. -36 verses

c.250 A.D.

p22

John 15:25-16:2; 16:21-32 -17 verses

250-6/251 A.D. Severe Persecution by the Emperor Decius across the entire Roman Empire

3rd century

p27

Rom 8:12-22,24-27; 8:33-9:3; 9:5-9 -30 verses

3rd century

p28

John 6:8-12, 17-22 -11 verses

3rd century

p35

Matthew 25:12-15,20-23 -8 verses

3rd century

Papyrus Antinoopolis 2.54

Mt 6:10-12 (part of the Lord's prayer)-3 verses

Mid 3rd century

p37

Matthew 26:19-52 -34 verses

Mid 3rd century

p49 + p65

Ephesians 4:16-29; 4:31-5:13 - 29 verses

Mid 3rd Century

p80

Jn 3:34 -1 verse

Mid 3rd century

p91

Acts 2:30-37; 2:46-3:2 -12 verses

3rd century

p69

Luke 22:40, 45-48, 58-61. -9 verses

3rd century

p70, p101

Mt 2:13-16; 2:22-3:1; 11:26-27, etc. -19 verses

3rd century

p95

Jn 5:26-29,36-38 -7 verses

250-300 A.D.

p47 (=Chester Beatty III)

31% of Revelation 9:10-11:3, etc. -125 verses

Mid/Late 3rd century

p18

Rev 1:4-7 4 verses

c.260 A.D.

p53

Mt 26:29-40; Acts 9:33-38,4010:1 -23 verses

285-300 A.D.

p12

Hebrews 1:1 -1 verse

Late 3rd century

p15

1 Corinthians 7:18-8:4 -27 verses

Late 3rd century

p16

Philippians 3:10-17; 4:2-8 -15 verses

Late 3rd century

p17

Hebrews 2:12-19 -8 verses

Persecution During Diocletian's Reign (284-305 A.D.)

284-305 A.D.

p50 (P. Yale 1543)

Acts 8:26-32; 10:26-31 -13 verses

c.300 A.D.

p72

1Pet1:1-5:14;2Pet1:1-3:18;Jde1-25 -191 verses

ca.300 A.D.

p24

Rev 5:5-8; 6:5-8 -8 verses

ca.300 A.D.

p78

Jude 4-5,7-8 -4 verses

ca.300 A.D.

p92

Eph 1:11-13,19-21; 2 Th 1:4-5,11-12-10 verses

ca.300 A.D.

p102

Mt 4:11-12,22-25 -6 verses

ca.300 A.D.

Uncial 0162

Jn 2:11-22 -12 verses

ca.300 A.D.

Uncial 0171

Mt 10:17-23,25-32; Lk 22:44-50,52-56,61,63-64

-30 verses

ca.300 A.D.

Uncial 0220

Rom 4:23-5:3; 5:8-13 -12 verses

ca.300 A.D.

Uncial 0232

2 Jn 1-9 -9 verses

Summary

Wild assertions are only easy to make if you ignore historical evidence

It is false to call Gnostics Christians

21 Early Church Fathers < 258 A.D. show we have the right books preserved

Tatian's Diatessaron < 172 A.D. quotes 79% of the gospel verses

7 Jewish Talmuds plus Josephus mention Jesus

5 Roman sources (112-137 A.D.) refer to Christ or darkness at the time of the crucifixion

2 other non-Christian sources show the darkness at the time of Jesus' death and the executed wise king of the Jews

50 Early Bible Manuscripts < 300 A.D. show we have the right books preserved

Scorecard of Preserved Bible Manuscripts Before 150 A.D.

The early Roman persecutors did their best to destroy all the Bible manuscripts, but despite them, these have survived and are in museums today.

Mss.

P52

P104

P46

P87

M

BII

P64/67

P4

Mt

-

5.5

-

-

10

-

19

-

Mk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

95

Jn

4

-

-

-

-

-

367.5

-

Ac

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rm

-

-

235

-

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

432

-

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

254

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

140

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

-

-

150

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

84

-

-

-

-

-

Col

-

-

79

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

17

-

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

4

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

290

-

-

-

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rev

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P52

P104

P46

P87

M

P66

P64/67

P4

Preserved Bible Manuscripts 170-225 A.D.

Mss.

P90

P68

P71/103

P32

P1

P23

P38

0189

Mt

-

-

16

-

16.5

-

-

-

Mk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jn

12

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ac

-

-

-

-

-

-

13

18

Rm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Col

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

21

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

7

-

-

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rev

-

9

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P90

P68

P71/103

P32

P1

P23

P38

0189

Mss.

P29

P45

P5

P30

P39

P13

P9

P20

Mt

-

71

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mk

-

147

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

242

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jn

-

84

47

-

9

-

-

-

Ac

3

289

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Col

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

-

18

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

6

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

-

-

-

110

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

16

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

9

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rev

-

9

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P29

P45

P5

P30

P39

P13

P9

P20

 

Mss.

P27,40

P22

P27

P28

P35

2.54

P37

Mt

-

-

-

-

8

3

34

Mk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jn

-

17

-

11

-

-

-

Ac

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rm

36

-

30

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Col

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rev

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P27,40

P22

P27

P28

P35

2.54

P37

 

Mss.

P49+65

P80

P91

P69

P70,101

P95

Mt

-

-

-

-

19

-

Mk

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

-

-

9

-

-

Jn

-

-

-

-

-

7

Ac

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rm

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

29

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

-

-

-

-

Col

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rev

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P49+65

P80

P91

P69

P70,101

P95

&&&

Mss.

P47

P18

P53

P12

P15

P16

P17

P50

P72

Mt

-

-

12

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lk

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ac

-

-

12

-

-

-

-

13

-

Rm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Cr

-

-

-

-

27

-

-

-

-

2Cr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Gal

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Eph

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Php

-

-

-

-

-

15

-

-

-

Col

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Th

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2T

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Phm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Heb

-

-

-

1

-

-

8

-

-

Jms

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

105

2Pt

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

61

1Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3Jn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jde

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

25

Rev

125

4

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mss.

P47

P18

P53

P12

P15

P16

P16

P50

P72

 

Book of the New Testament

Total verses

Matthew

1,071

Mark (exc.16:9-20)

661/ 678

-- Mark 16:9-20

---

Luke

1,151

John (exc.7:53-8:11)

879

-- John 7:53-8:11

---

Acts

1007

Romans

433

order: Rom 16:25-27

---

1 Corinthians

437

2 Corinthians

257

Galatians

149

Ephesians

155

Philippians

104

Colossians

95

1 Thessalonians

89

2 Thessalonians

47

1 Timothy

113

2 Timothy

83

Titus

46

Philemon

25

Hebrews

303

James

108

1 Peter

105

2 Peter

61

1 John(excl. 1Jn5:8)

104

2 John

13

3 John

14

Jude

25

Revelation

404

Totals

7,955


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