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For a fascinating account about tracking down a bizarre reference to a first-century papyrus of the “notes” of the Gospel of Mark, check Brent Nongbri’s recent posting here.

Brent refers also to the claim that surfaced a few years ago that a “first-century” fragment of the Gospel of Mark had been acquired by the Green family project.  I posted about this a couple of years ago here.  Things haven’t changed since then:  (1) No such papyrus fragment of Mark has been produced; (2) my limited inside-information is that none is likely to be produced, and that the earlier claim was not based on any competent analysis; so (3) the alleged “first-century” fragment of Mark is the papyrological equivalent of an urban myth.

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