[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE140100919]
Researchers Dr Brent Nongbri;
Brief description Ancient Greek papyri from Egypt are one of our most important witnesses to the text of the New Testament. The papyri fascinate both scholars and the general public, largely because of the early dates often assigned to them by the analysis of handwriting or palaeography. However, palaeography is an imprecise science that produces only ranges of possible dates, not the specific dates often assigned to biblical papyri. This project pairs a fresh investigation of the earliest remains of the New Testament, built on a new methodology for dating the texts, with an historiographical analysis of their use in the academic world and popular media. The result will be a thorough revision of what we know about the earliest form of the Christian Bible.
Funding Amount 328260
Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award