Scientists discover hidden Bible chapter written 1,500 years ago

They found it by using UV light, pretty sweet discovery!

Scientists have found a ‘hidden chapter’ of Bible text written more than 1,500 years ago. The page features chapters 11 through 12 from Matthew, providing more details than today’s standard Gospel text.

Scientists uncovered the scripture after applying ultraviolet light to a manuscript about ancient Christian stories and hymns housed at the Vatican Library. The researchers have not yet revealed a complete translation written in ancient Syriac but shared some details.

  • In the Greek version of Matthew chapter 12, verse one reads: 'At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath and his disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.
  • The Syriac translation reads, ‘[…] began to pick the heads of grain, rub them in their hands, and eat them.’

They find this sort of thing every so often. Back in the day, what we call paper was in short supply. So they reused paper. That’s why they were able to make the discovery.