The 34 Gospels
Diversity and division among the earliest Christians
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In 1995, I discovered a lost gospel.
Well, stumbled over it might be a more accurate description. I was working in the Berlin Egyptian Museum, reconstructing an ancient papyrus codex. In the museum’s storage area I chanced upon a few fragments of a manuscript written in Coptic, the ancient Egyptian language (second to seventh century A.D.) written in Greek letters. I was struck by a beautiful sheet of parchment (animal skin prepared for writing) and the scribe’s elegant uncial handwriting (not cursive, but separate, carefully executed capital letters). This was clearly no love letter or bill of lading; it was a professionally prepared document intended for public reading.

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