How did the original books of the New Testament disappear?


Full Question

I understand that the original books of the New Testament disappeared long ago. How did this happen?

Answer

There are two reasons. The material they were written on was most likely papyrus paper. This is fragile and with time and use will disintegrate. The other probable cause of the originals' disappearance is their destruction in the persecutions, during which sacred Christian books were confiscated and burned by the authorities.


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