The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part One | Ben Witherington

How the first post in this series begins:

One of the things that often affects discussions about Biblical manuscripts from antiquity is assumptions about how they were made. For example, you regularly hear NT scholars say things like ‘Luke’s Gospel contains about the maximum number of Greek characters one could get on a single papyrus roll’. While this may or may not be true, it was always possible to glue on another roll and keep writing. The issue of space only becomes important if: 1) you’re dealing with a poor person who can’t afford the cost of another bookroll and has no other ones to recycle, or 2) the existing project is already so huge and bulky adding another roll or partial roll is not really a viable option.

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