Brent Nongbri has recently blogged about his newly-published article in which he explores the possibility that P.Bodmer 2 (P66) may give us a hint of an earlier copy of the Gospel of John without chapter 21. See here. The full article appears in the latest issue of the journal Early Christianity 9.3 (2018): 345-60.
An intriguing suggestion. It has been held for some time now that John 21 is a secondary epilogue to an earlier edition of John that ended at 20:31. But, heretofore, there has been no manuscript evidence for this. P66 isn’t necessarily direct evidence, but Nongbri proposes that it may give us indirect evidence.
It will bear further thought. The key datum in Nongbri’s proposal is that in P66 the page that ends with John 20:31 seems to have had a larger-than-usual lower margin/blank space, and John 21:1 then commences at the top of the following…
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