Roger Pearse has a welcome text questioning ' A first century fragment of Mark’s gospel? Some thoughts by an outsider' (January 20th, 2015) which makes some good points about the hoo-ha on the first century Mark Gospel, until you get down to:
the way in which this supposed first century fragment is being made known raises in me the worst suspicions. The papyrus trade is a secretive one, partly because of the foolishness of the Egyptian government in declaring all finds the property of state officials, and partly because of the stupidity of western activists, who harass those involved in the black market that has inevitably arisen.It is actually called 'obeying the law' Mr Pearse. But I think we can all agree with his main proposition which is that the new pieces need to be published and made available as soon as possible, and not the subject of wait-and-see confidentiality agreements and slowly leaked hype from secondary sources.