Preserved in the desert sands of Egypt
The oldest evidence of biblical manuscripts from antiquity is usually found on rubbish tips or in graves. In the desert sands of Egypt, they have kept particularly well over centuries and millennia. Protected from light and low humidity, papyrus remains intact for a long time. The oldest fragments of the writings of the New Testament come from there. Opposite the oasis of Fayum on the east side of the Nile, the oldest parts of the Gospel of Matthew were found in clay jars in a cemetery.