Now, a scholar named Craig Evans of Acadia Divinity College says he and a research team may have discovered a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that may be the oldest known copy of a gospel — and they found it in the most unusual of places. D., it was recovered in a mummy’s mask, as first reported by Live Science. “We dug underneath somebody’s face, and there it was.
Evan’s findings have neither been published nor subjected to the rigors of peer review.But if authentic, the find has the potential to alter the perspective with which scholars view the Gospel of Mark and perhaps bring the life and times of Jesus into clearer focus.And their new stuff includes the New Testament.” From one of those masks, he explained, they recovered a Gospel of Mark dated before 90.“We could have a first century fragment of Mark for the first time ever,” he added.
It sidesteps his birth narrative and doesn’t elaborate on what happened after his death.
It also differs in several pivotal places from other gospels, most notably in Jesus’s interactions with John the Baptist.