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Quern (Mark Fragments)

MARK (Qumran fragments). On 10 March 1972, UPI broke the news to the world that a Spanish Jesuit scholar and papyrologist, Jose O’Callaghan, founder and director of Studia Papyrologica, while working at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, had identified several NT fragments among the DSS of Cave 7. The detailed account of O’Callaghan’s findings on three possible NT fragments (Mark 4:28; 6:52, 53; James 1:23, 24) was published in Biblica (vol. 53, Fasc. 1 [1972], 91-100) with promise of further articles. Scholarly response has been mixed, from enthusiastic acceptance to strong denunciation. Unless a more unambiguous text in the fragments is found, final consensus may never be reached on O’Callaghan’s thesis.