Tuesday, December 04, 2012
P. Oxy 5072 another non-canonical gospel fragment
In the most recent copy of Early Christianity Juan Chapa discusses 'A newly published "gospel fragment"' (EC 3 (2012), 381-389), i.e. P. Oxy 5072 which is published in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. 76 (2011). Brief highlights: II/III date; BALEIA as nomen sacrum for BASILEIA (with parallel in P. Egerton 2); a story of an exorcism with similarities of language to Matthew, Mark and Luke but no decisive evidence of literary dependence; sayings of Jesus to a disciple. Overall interesting similarities with P. Egerton 2. An interesting (but fragmentary) addition to the corpus of non-canonical "gospel"s.