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The Spurlock Museum holds the earliest surviving manuscript fragment of one of the New Testament books.

Which book is it?

Answer: The Letter of James.

The museum houses a substantial fragment of a very early 3rd-century manuscript of the biblical book on papyrus, recovered at the Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus.

Image 1914.21.0025 courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.

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