Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Value of Papyrus 52 and Existence of Jesus

Holy Week is approaching. Let us remember the sacrifices and death of our Lord Jesus on the cross. Yet many people don’t believe that Jesus is real and for them, he does not exist. One of the strongest proof that Jesus exists and there is a Pontius Pilate is Papyrus 52. That is why we mention in the creed, “For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered died and was buried."

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The papyrus is written on both sides. On one side is John 18:31-33. On the other side is John 18:37-38. 

This was written in the early 2nd century (ca 100-125). This can be found in Manchester, England at the John Rylands University Library. 

This is what is written in the manuscript and the translation in English:

The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” 32 (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was
to die.) 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?

I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him.
The greatest value is its early date!

"Its greatest value is its early date, for it testifies to the fact that the autograph of John's Gospel must have been written before the close of  the first century."(The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, Edited by Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett, p. 365)

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