This manuscript was published:
Simonides, Constantine. Facsimiles of Certain
Portions of the Gospel of St. Matthew, and of the
Epistles of Ss. James & Jude, Written on Papyrus
in the First Century, and Preserved in the
Egyptian Museum of Joseph Mayer, E. London: Trübner and Co, 1861.
We have rather a nice copy here in the Tyndale Library.
There is no doubt that it is a fake.
Keith Elliott wrote a book on Simonides which will probably have more details.
At 22:25 31/05/2007, you wrote:
>In the Dutch newspaper Trouw/Kwartet of August 24, 1974 I read an
>article "Hoe heette de vrouw van Pilatus?" by Professor H. Mulder of
>the Protestant Theological Faculty of Brussels.
>The author describes an unknown manuscript of the NT. It was brought
>to Britain by Henry Stobart in the 50's of the 19th century. Joseph
>Mayer of Liverpool bought it together with a collection of other
>papyri. It was discovered by Constantine Simonides. Unfortunately this
>man was accused for a theft of manuscripts and some people said that
>he made forgeries too. Therefore the manuscript of the NT was not
>accepted by editors of the Greek NT.
>Mulder had a positive opinion about it.
>Does anyone know of this manuscript?
>Or does anyone know the scientific report, by which it was rejected?
>It seems that it should date from the first century. It contains some
>fragments of the gospel of Matthew. The titel "Hoe heette de vrouw van
>Pilatus?" points to the fact that in the fragment of Matthew 27
>Pilate's wife is called Pempele.
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