Birger A. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (October 2003)

The Other Christians

In 1897 two British scholars, B.P. Grenfell and A.S. Hunt, excavated an ancient garbage dump at the site of the Greco-Roman town of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt (modern el-Bahnasa), and discovered the largest cache of ancient papyri ever found anywhere. Publication of these papyri began in 1897 and is still going …