Jerusalem Inscription/The Scroll vs. The Codex

With Clyde Billington

The cover story of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reports on the discovery of an inscription from 100 BC that mentions Jerusalem. The inscription was found at the west end of modern Jerusalem, near the central bus station. It appears 2,000 years ago this was a small pottery village that served the nearby city of Jerusalem and the pilgrims who visited its temple. We also discuss a column by Larry Hurtado in the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review which reports that it were the early Christians who pioneered a new innovation in writing, the codex, which eventually displaced the scroll. The evidence is overwhelming, and fascinating.

tags: Jerusalem Inscription Dodalos potter village scroll codex Christian writers Scripture

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First Century Fragment of Mark's Gospel

With Prof. Daniel Wallace

In recent years several scholars have claimed to discover fragments of New Testament scriptures dated to the first century. Those claims have not held up under the scrutiny of other scholars. But now Daniel Wallace, the founder of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, and a professor at Dallas Seminary, has announced the discovery of a first century fragment of the gospel of Mark. More hyperbole or an authentic claim? We discuss prof. Wallace’s New Testament scholarship and the search for ancient scripture.

tags: Papyrus Gospel of Mark

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