Earliest paparyi dating
Malcolm’s paper was influenced by his current project on forgeries.
He divided the paper into two sections: in the first he discussed current standard methods in dating texts, while in the second he dealt with radiocarbon dating.
The first paper was delivered by Malcolm Choat who started with an important methodological warning: especially when studied as material objects, Christian papyri shouldn’t be considered as a separate group from the rest of the evidence because this would lead to distortions in the interpretation of data.
(There is now a very useful IT tool that provides dated comparanda for documentary papyri: Pap Pal).
But, if this Mark fragment is confirmed as from the first century, what a thrill it will be to have a manuscript that is dated within the lifetime of many of the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection! Wallace is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
He is a member of the Society of New Testament Studies, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society.