Muratorian Fragment

February 3, 2011

Pius I

The Muratorian fragment is perhaps the earliest list we have of books from the New Testament. It was probably written approximately 180-200 AD, because it refers to Pius I of Rome as being "recent". The document itself, however, dates to the 8th century. It was rediscovered and republished by Ludovico Antonio Muratori in 1740. These days it finds its home in Milan.

The beginning of the fragment is missing, but it continues with:

  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Paul’s letters (the letters to the Laodocians and Alexandrians are rejected)
  • Jude
  • Two letters from John

Also commented on in the list are:

  • Apocalypses of John and Peter (which may not be read in church)
  • Shepherd of Hermas

The full text can be read online.


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