The Use and Abuse of P52: Papyrological Pitfalls in the Dating of the Fourth Gospel

  title={The Use and Abuse of P52: Papyrological Pitfalls in the Dating of the Fourth Gospel},
  author={Brent Nongbri},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={23 - 48}
  • B. Nongbri
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
The thesis of this paper is simple: we as critical readers of the New Testament often use John Rylands Greek Papyrus 3.457, also known as P52, ininappropriate ways, and we should stop doing so. A recent example will illustrate the problem. In what is on the whole a superb commentary on John's gospel, D. Moody Smith writes the following about the date of John: For a time, particularly in the early part of the twentieth century, the possibility that John was not written, or at least not published… 
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