1,500-Year-Old Papyrus is First Document to Mention Last Supper

A 1500-year-old papyrus may contain the earliest reference to the Last Supper. A research analyzing the document in the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library made the discovery.

The papyrus is actually an amulet that contains words meant to protect its owner, said Dr. Mazza.

“This is an important and unexpected discovery as it’s one of the first recorded documents to use magic in the Christian context and the first charm ever found to refer to the Eucharist – the Last Supper – as the manna of the Old Testament,” Mazz told the Daily Mail.

The text of the papyrus reads:

“Fear you all who rule over the earth.

“Know you nations and peoples that Christ is our God.

“For he spoke and they came to being, he commanded and they were created; he put everything under our feet and delivered us from the wish of our enemies.

“Our God prepared a sacred table in the desert for the people and gave manna of the new covenant to eat, the Lord’s immortal body and the blood of Christ poured for us in remission of sins.”

The papyrus contains parts from Psalms 78:23-24, Matthew 26:28-30, and other Bible verses.

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18 thoughts on “1,500-Year-Old Papyrus is First Document to Mention Last Supper

  1. Many believe the following version from Surah Al Maidah in the Quran, refer to the last supper. It speaks of Jesus asking for a table of food to be provided from God for sustenance and a sign.

    surah Al Maidah [112-115]

    When the disciples said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Is thy Lord able to send down for us a table spread with food from heaven? He said: Observe your duty to Allah, if ye are true believers.
    (They said) :We wish to eat thereof, that we may satisfy our hearts and know that thou hast spoken truth to us, and that thereof we may be witnesses.
    Jesus, son of Mary, said: O Allah, Lord of us! Send down for us a table spread with food from heaven, that it may be a feast for us, for the first of us and for the last of us, and a sign from Thee. Give us sustenance, for Thou art the Best of Sustainers.
    Allah said: Lo! I send it down for you. And whoso disbelieveth of you afterward, him surely will I punish with a punishment wherewith I have not punished any of (My) creatures.

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  2. In the papyrus

    Our God prepared a sacred table in the desert for the people and gave manna of the new covenant to eat, the Lord’s immortal body and the blood of Christ poured for us in remission of sins.”

    In Matthew it states the last supper was in the city.

    He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

    20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

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