Articles about Ancient Documents

Trying to find that obscure document for a homework assignment? It just might be here. I’ve collected a pretty sizable group of documents from the early Christian church and the rest of the ancient world. Let me know if you think I should add something…and let me know if I’ve misattributed a text.

Is the Bible in your hand (or on your shelf, or on your phone) inerrant? What would that mean? Can we trust that the Bible we have is the same Bible originally written? Jimmy Wallace explains what inerrancy means, and what it doesn't mean. Video, 9:54
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts is committed to preserving, and studying, ancient Greek New Testament manuscripts. They're a world-class organization, using state-of-the-art technology to photograph and publish information about these invaluable artifacts. They recently launched a new manuscript viewer, and it's worth your time.

This ancient document is generally considered spurious...that is, it was likely not written by Antoninus. The Emperor Caesar Titus AElius Adrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Supreme Pontiff, in the fifteenth year of his tribuneship, Consul for the third time, Father of the fatherland...

I have received the letter addressed to me by your predecessor Serenius Granianus, a most illustrious man; and this communication I am unwilling to pass over in silence, lest innocent persons be disturbed...

The "Rule of Faith" as recorded by Irenaeus: "...this faith: in one God, the Father Almighty, who made the heaven and the earth and the seas and all the things that are in them..."

Hippolytus's account of the baptismal service (early third century): "When the person being baptized goes down into the water, he who baptizes him, putting his hand on him, shall say: "Do you believe in..."

CANON 1: If anyone denies that it is the whole man, that is, both body and soul, that was "changed for the worse" through the offense of Adam's sin, but believes that the freedom of the soul remains unimpaired...

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