Nash Papyrus


When comparing the Nash Papyrus with the Masoretic Text and other manuscripts that serve as the basis for Bible translations today, they are virtually identical!





In 1903 while in Egypt, a man by the name of WL Nash acquired four strips of papyrus with ancient Hebrew writing on them. This would become one of the most important finds to biblical archeologists. These strips dated to around 150BC and contained the Decalogue (i.e., the Ten Commandments as found in Exodus 20: 1-17) and the Hebrew Shema (of Deuteronomy 6: 4-9).











 In ancient times, scribes would write on strips of plant stokes or reeds that were glued together – this would form papyrus. This is where we get our word ‘paper’.