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August 21, 1897

An Ancient Manuscript.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(8):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440340044013

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Philadelphia, Aug. 9, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I take it that nearly all physicians, and surely all the members of the American Medical Association, are interested in matters pertaining to our profession, be their source ever so indirect or remote.It has seemed to me quite worth while to bring to the notice of the readers of the Journal who are not already acquainted with the extraordinary find of Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt in Egypt last January, this item through your kindness. The discovery is that of a piece of papyrus containing in the Greek text eight unrecorded sayings or logia of Christ. The fifth saying has two gaps, rendering it incomplete; the eighth saying is not decipherable. Each saying begins with the words unk unk —Jesus saith. Historic and archeologic critics and authorities seem to agree in believing that the logia are genuine, and the work of a transcriber

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