While doing some research on the formation of the Bible in early Christianity, I came across an interesting bit about the widespread use of the Gospels: “The full canon of the New Testament, not to mention the full biblical canon, was not readily available. The preserved fragments from Egypt indicate that the Gospels were far more widely used than other sections of the New Testament and that some Gospels were far more popular than others—Mark being almost totally absent in that particular region before the time of Constantine.” Canon and Canonicity: The Formation and Use of Scripture, edited by Einar Thomassen, Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010. So my question is this: If I were an average Christian in the ancient world, which scrolls would I most likely encounter? Would a Christian in Alexandria encounter a different collection of Christian texts from one in Rome? Let's say the time period is from the first century until the edicts of Constantine. Let's assume I am illiterate since I am your average Christian, so I listen to them instead of read them.