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The 2,000 year old papyrus that was almost sold on eBay

Greek New Testament papyri are among the oldest traces of Christian scripture. Geoffrey Smith, a scholar of early Christianity at the University of Texas, found a rare fragment offered for sale online. How did he convince the seller to let him examine the text?

(Photo: A papyrus fragment believed to contain lines from the Gospel of John. Credit: Geoffrey Smith/University of Texas at Austin)

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