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Gospel Mary Magdala (Magdalene)
Some know this text as Gospel of Mary Magdala, estimated to have been written in the 2nd century AD (CE), it disappeared until a fragmentary copy was found written in Coptic in the late 19th century, transcribed in the 5th century, purchased in Cairo by Carl Reinhardt who took it to Berlin in 1896. Two additional fragments discovered, written in Greek, in the 20th century (1940s) which totals to less than eight pages of ancient papyrus text survive, which amounts of half of the text lost. Considering that the early Christian Church ordered the Gnostic library and the texts not authorized by the Christian Church to be destroyed, it is amazing that any of those texts could ever be found.