By blog standards this is already old news. But I know a few of my readers don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs. I appreciate it that they spend any time at all on mine. So for the benefit of those who may not have heard there is a speculation that a fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found that could date back as far as the first century. If this proves true it would be the earliest extant fragment of the New Testament. To date the earliest fragment is P52 which comes from the Gospel of John (also known as the John Rylands Papyrus #457). This fragment comes from the second century.

One of the more fascinating things about this recent find is that it was discovered in a mummy mask. For a cautious approach to this discovery see Larry Hurtado’s post here. Justin Taylor offers his own thoughts here.

Below is a YouTube clip from Dr. Craig Evans explaining the discovery in more detail.