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Part of the Gospel of John and measuring only 8.9 by 6 centimeters at its widest points (3.5 by 2.5 inches), the Ryland Fragment, or P52 as it is known, is just the smallest fragment of a long-lost codex. But it still has huge significance in the world of Biblical studies being the earliest fragment of the New Testament ever found. Come with us on a journey into the past as we trace the history of this fascinating discovery.

Translation of the P52 verses

John 18.31-33

Therefore Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." The Judeans said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death." This was to fulfill the word which Jesus had spoken to show by what death he would die. Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the king of the Judeans?"

John 18.37-38

Therefore Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into society: to witness to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth hears my voice." Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Judeans again, and he told them, "I find no crime in him."