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1st-century Gospel text found in mummy's mask?

January 21, 2015

Archeologists are expecting the publication of what could be the oldest known copy of one of the Gospels.

The fragmentary text, taken from the Gospel of St. Mark, was reportedly discovered on a sheet of papyrus that was used for a mummy. Experts believe that the text dates back to the 1st century.

The discovery of the Gospel text has been surrounded by mystery because some scientists object to the process in which papyrus is removed from a mummy's mask, thereby destroying the mask itself.


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  • Posted by: gary.brisebois1104 - Jan. 21, 2015 7:58 PM ET USA

    The text fragments found are much more interesting, and much more worthy of research, than are the masks and other artifacts being dissembled.