Dating papyrus

Papyrus E17861 The text is a personal letter talking about the distribution of a sum of money among relatives.

It opens with the customary بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (in the name of God, the ).

The great Dutch philologist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam had established a text from a handful of manuscripts dating from the later Middle Ages.

Unfortunately he used only manuscripts of inferior quality for his edition of 1516.

بسم الله In 2014 Islamic historian Fred Donner gave a talk on an very curious papyrus page dating from the very early Islamic era.

The letter is of tremendous interest for reasons I will mention in this post.

On October 26 2016, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) unveiled a 2,700-year-old papyrus that mentions the city of Jerusalem.

The papyrus was not found during official excavations so its origin is uncertain.

The results allowed lab experts to confidently date the papyruses to between A. D.," reported Tim Jull, director of Arizona's AMS facility, and research scientist Greg Hodgins.Different people mentioned in the letter are assigned various amounts.The letter is very important because known early Islamic figures, possibly while the Prophet(ص ) himself was alive.All these manuscripts are mere copies, and the great majority of them are copies of copies, yet ultimately they all derive from the originals.In the process of copying, however, scribal errors are bound to occur.

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