Biblical Archaeology Review 37:2, March/April 2011

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri

The Remarkable Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By Stephen J. Patterson

Discovered in the Egyptian desert over a century ago, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri have provided invaluable insights into the life and times of an early Roman Christian community of the Nile Valley. As our author explains, these priceless documents, which include everything from little-known gospels to revealing personal letters, intimately portray the beliefs and daily lives of ordinary Romans and Christians, making them one of the greatest archaeological finds ever.
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