One of the most captivating tiny fragments of a lost Gospel discovered in modern times came from a trash heap excavated from the ancient city of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, one of many thousands of manuscript fragments found there, some of them Christian but most of them non-Christian (most of which were non-literary texts, that is, personal letters, land deeds, divorce certificates, bills of sale, etc.).

Did this fragment come from Gospel of Peter?

I’ve taken two posts to explain what the Gospel of Peter is, in order to set up this particular post.  If you haven’t read the earlier posts, that’s fine.  You’ll still get this one.  If you have read them, even finer!

As I pointed out in the earlier , the “Gospel of Peter” that we have today, which was discovered in 1886, is, unfortunately, only a portion – the only surviving portion – of what was once a complete Gospel.  But was it a complete Gospel? Or was it a passion Gospel (like the later Gospel of Nicodemus) that gave an account only of the trial, death, and resurrection of Jesus?  That has long been debated.

Here’s what I said about this smaller fragment in a post I published many years ago:

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