Problematic Papyri

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given [Read More...]

50 Ways to Leave Jesus’ Wife

The title is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that Peter Kirby had a round-up of 50 blogs abuzz about the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment. I’m grateful that my previous round-up was one of the ones he chose to include. Among recent scholarly posts, see those by Brice [Read More...]

Jesus’ Wife is Really Old

Via Jim Davila I learned that Harvard Magazine has an article which explains why announcing the results of the scientific dating of the fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife took so long, and what the outcome is at the end of that process. Larry Hurtado also mentioned the breaking news, with links to [Read More...]

The Case of the Vanishing Tremors

Tony Burke drew attention to the publication of an interesting article about the Secret Gospel of Mark: Roger Viklund and Timo S. Paananen, “Distortion of the Scribal Hand in the Images of Clement’s Letter to Theodore,” Vigiliae Christianae 67 (2013): 235-247. The article is based on material which had previously been made available online by one of [Read More...]

The Jordan Codices Exposed

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Obituary for Jesus’ Wife in The Guardian

Andrew Brown wrote a piece for The Guardian in which he says, “It’s been fairly clear for weeks that the papyrus fragment known as the“gospel of Jesus’s wife” was a modern fake, assembled from phrases found in real gnostic gospels and in particular the Gospel of Thomas, a 4th-century copy of a 2nd-century manuscript.” He [Read More...]

Jesus’ Wife: Internet Plagiarist?

The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” has not been getting as much attention in the media or on blogs the past few days. Today it seems likely that that will change. As Mark Goodacre pointed out on his blog, Andrew Bernhard has posted an article with a tentative suggestion about the composition of the “Gospel of [Read More...]

The Late Jesus’ Wife Gospel Documentary

Some are declaring the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” dead as far as its authenticity is concerned, but at the very least, it seems that the Smithsonian Channel has decided to delay the airing of the documentary about the papyrus fragment. Hence the atrocious four-way pun in the title – it can be referring to the [Read More...]

Dating Jesus’ Wife

Discussions continue in the blogosphere about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. The most important thing to work out, if we can, is the date of its composition – dating the text is important both in terms of figuring out whether the text is authentic, but also, if authentic, what period in history it tells us [Read More...]

Timo S. Paananen on Methods of Forgery Detection and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Timo S. Paananen has written a brief piece which takes the methods that Francis Watson and others have used to argue for the inauthenticity of the papyrus fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” and applies them to a fragment of known provenance and authenticity. I hope it will be widely read and circulated, [Read More...]

Are Reports of the Death of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Greatly Exaggerated?

More and more people, including scholars, seem to be increasingly confident that the Coptic papyrus fragment referred to as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a modern forgery or fake. See for instance the blog post by Alin Suciu and Hugo Lundhaug. Craig Evans is among those saying that the Harvard Theological Review has decided not [Read More...]


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