The Wyman Fragment

A fragment may be just a small piece, but in the case of the Wyman fragment, dating from the third century, a highly significant piece. It’s a glimpse of the New Testament. On one side of the fragment is Romans 5:8–13. On the other side is Romans 4:23–5:3, which includes Romans 5:1, a key verse in Christian theology. “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (NRSV).

It is thought to be the second-oldest New Testament fragment on vellum, and in recent years the fragment has received considerable attention by scholars. Impressive for a fragment originally discovered in a drawer in an antiquities shop!

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