Discoveries: Updates And Breaking News -- By: Bryant G. Wood

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 28:2 (Spring 2015)
Article: Discoveries: Updates And Breaking News
Author: Bryant G. Wood

Updates And Breaking News

Bryant G. Wood

Recent Secrets Of The Bible Episode On Jericho Highlights The Work Of Dr. Wood

I hope you were able to see the video Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho aired on the American Heroes Channel in late December and early January, and the movie Patterns of Evidence: Exodus shown in selected theaters January 19. If not, the Secrets of the Bible Jericho video is still being shown sporadically on AHC. Go to to see their program schedule.

Earliest Known New Testament Fragments Discovered!

The big news of late is that the earliest portions of the New Testament yet found recently came to light. Those involved are being very tight-lipped about it. The only available information is that coming from lectures and interviews given by several evangelical scholars close to the research, and discussions on Internet blogs. These early texts are being recovered from mummy masks made of cartonnage, a type of papier mâché made of layers of discarded papyrus, much of which has writing on it. Reportedly, seven NT fragments will be published in the near future which are earlier than any previously known texts, including the first NT passage from the first century. According to a comment made by Mathew Hamilton in a blog ( and a lecture by Scott Carroll (, they are:

Matthew 12, ca. 150—previous oldest text, P45, ca. 250

Fragment of Mark, ca. 81-89—first biblical text from the first century; previous oldest text of the NT, P52, a fragment of John, ca. 125; previous oldest text of Mark, P45, ca. 250

Luke 2, ca. 140—previous oldest text, P75, ca. 175-225

Romans 8-9, ca. 100-199—previous oldest text, P46, ca. 200 1 Corinthians 9, ca. 150—previous oldest text, P46, ca. 200 Hebrews 1, ca. 100-199—previous oldest text, P46, ca. 200

Fragment of Hebrews, ca. 100-199—previous oldest text, P46, ca. 200

According to the sources, this first batch is just the tip of the iceberg!

Extraordinary Clay Tablets From Iraq Affirm The Biblical Accounts Of Jews Exiled From Babylon From 572 BC To 477 BC

Another exciting find concerns a recently acquired archive of clay tablets from Iraq. It has been called “the most important ancient Jewish archive since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” The archive is from exi...

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