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Gospel truths

Matthew D'Ancona VS Graham Stanton.

By Matthew D'Ancona   April 1996

Gospel truths

Dear Graham,

It is strange to find myself ranged against a scholar whose work I so admire. You are one of a handful of academics who have brought to life the complex subject of the historic Jesus and made it accessible to laymen such as myself. But on the significance of the Magdalen fragments -the three papyrus fragments of St Matthew’s Gospel owned by Magdalen College, Oxford-we find ourselves at odds.

Let me set out the story so far, as I see it. In December 1994, I wrote a story in The Times about the fragments which…

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