Ancient Manuscript Comparison

The New Testament is the Most Authenticated Work in History

”  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”     Matthew 24:35

Comparison between Ancient Secular Manuscripts & The New Testament

 

Ancient Secular Manuscripts

Writer

Date

Earliest Copy

Copies

Time Gap

Sophocles -Greek Playwright

496 – 406 BC

1000 AD

193

1400 + years

Euripides – Greek Playwright

480 – 406 BC

1100 AD

9

1500 + years

Herodotus -History

480 – 425 BC

900 AD

8

1300 + years

Thucydidus -History

460 – 400 BC

900 AD

8

1300 + years

Aristophanes -Greek Playwright

448 – 380 BC

900 AD

10

1280 + years

Plato – Greek Philosophy

427 – 347 BC

900 AD

20

1240 + years

Aristotle – Greek Philosophy

384 – 322 BC

1100 AD

49 of any 1 work

1420 + years

Horace – Roman Philosophy

65 – 8 BC

900 AD

Several

900 + years

Caesar – Roman History

100 – 44 BC

900 AD

10

940 + years

Lucretius – Roman Philosophy

99 – 55 BC

1050 AD

2

1100 + years

Catullus – Roman Poet

84 – 54 BC

1550 AD

3

1600 + years

Pliny – Historian

61 – 113 AD

850 AD

7

750 + years

Josephus -Jewish History

1st Century AD

500 AD

15 of any 1 work

400 + years

Suetonius -Roman History

70 – 140 AD

950 AD

8

800 + years

Tacitus – Greek History

100 AD

1100 AD

20

1000 + years

New Testament Manuscripts

There is a continuous line of more than 20,000 manuscripts with less than a 300-year time between the time the New Testament first was penned till the entire New Testament was contained in one volume.

With the discovery of the Magdalen Papyrus dating to @ 70AD, we now have portions of the New Testament (from the Gospel of Matthew) that actually predate the completion of other portions of the New Testament (completed @ 90 AD).