I'm trying to figure out what are the oldest complete manuscripts of the Gospel of John in Greek.
For example, papyrus 66
They say 66 is the oldest and nearly complete; but the trouble is I don't want anything that was DISCOVERED in 1952… even though it was dated as the earliest, I want there to be a historical record of the manuscripts existence since ancient times.
And I'm not researching any other books of the bible, I'm just concerned with finding an old source for the gospel of John. Thanks
The manuscript is believed to have been repaired at Lyon in the ninth century, as revealed by a distinctive ink used for supplementary pages. It was closely guarded for many centuries in the monastic library of St Irenaeus at Lyon.
I found Codex Bezae: there are records that people were familiar with it around the 10th century; and scientific dating places its creation in the year 400.
Vaticanus was created in 300, but discovered in 1516. this isn't old enough for me
Sinaiticus was created in 330, but discovered in 1844... definitely not old enough.
Textus Receptus was critical collation created in 1516 by Erasmus. That's great but I'm interested in seeing his raw sources; not his expert opinion on the best combination of sources.
Any others? I like to get the two oldest and compare them.