The Oxyrhynchus Hymn

"In 1896, in a garbage dump in the ancient town of Oxyrhynchus near Cairo, two archeologists made an amazing discovery!

Preserved for thousands of years were fragments from nearly every book from the Hebrew and Christian Bible.

On the back of one of the papyri, written in Greek with both lyrics and music notations, is thought to be the oldest known Christian hymn—from around the 3rd Century AD—translated:

". . .let the luminous stars not shine, let the winds and all the noisy rivers die down. And as we hymn the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Let all the powers add, 'Amen. Amen.' Empire, praise always, and glory to God, the sole giver of good things. 'Amen. Amen.' "

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