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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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"Amid all these old liturgical books, I find that I am happy and at ease; I feel at home."
— Dom André Mocquereau (1884)

A Very Cool Thing! (3 of 3)
published 25 August 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

MENTIONED in Part 2 that priests have an obligation to tell us which manuscript they’re looking at when they cite “the original Greek” of the Bible. Many of the Greek sources are fragments: that is, not complete copies of the Bible.

An amazing case in point is the Rylands Library Papyrus P52, which is a section of the Gospel of John dating sometime around 120 A.D. (!!!)

It’s only about 3 inches wide. Below, I’ve typed out what it contains (that’s it!). Search Google for “Rylands Library Papyrus P52” and you won’t regret it!

460 Rylands Library Papyrus P52 FRONT SIDE

the Jews, “For us it is not permitted to kill
anyone,” so that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he sp-
oke signifying what kind of death he was going to
die. Entered therefore again into the Praeto-
rium Pilate and summoned Jesus
and said to him, “Thou art king of the


a King I am. For this I have been born
and (for this) I have come into the world so that I would test-
ify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth
hears of me my voice.” Said to him
Pilate, “What is truth?” and this
having said, again he went out unto the Jews
and said to them, “I find not one
fault in him.”

Click here to read Part 1.   Click here to read Part 2.