New Uncial MS
- Dan Wallace has discovered a new, early uncial MS in Istanbul:
"I am happy to report that we discovered two uncial manuscripts while
there! One was a single leaf from St. Basil, making it the first known
manuscript in Istanbul written with uncial letters.
But far more important than that was our greatest discovery (which we
finally got permission to tell folks about): two leaves, in the back of
a non-biblical medieval service book, had been scraped over and reused.
The under-text was uncial letters! Although it has been next to
impossible to make out, we have determined that it is biblical: one leaf
is from Mark 3 and one is from Mark 6. We have been able to identify
every verse, but not every word yet, even with sophisticated hardware
and software applications. Our tentative date is mid-third century to
early-fourth century, making the Mark 3 leaf the earliest fragment of
that chapter now in existence! We believe that other leaves of this
biblical manuscript may have been cannibalized and reused in other
documents at the monastery. And we have recently been granted permission
to return to Istanbul next summer to photograph more manuscripts.
P.S. For the latest information, please visit our website-www.csntm.org.
Look for thousands of new images to be posted in the next few weeks."
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany