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Muratorian Fragment

MURATORIAN FRAGMENT myŏŏr’ ə tôr’ ĭ ən. The oldest existing list of the books of the NT. It was discovered by L. A. Muratori (1672-1750) in the Ambrosian Library of Milan and published by him in Milan in 1740. Modern scholars agree that the original from which this copy was made was composed c. a.d. 180-190 in or near Rome. The document is written in Latin and consists of eighty-five lines. It is a fragment, with the beginning and possibly the end, broken off. It lists most of the NT books in our canon, and makes comment on others. Seven heretics are mentioned by name and their writings rejected.