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...]

Jesus the Widower

In discussions of whether Jesus was married, two main options are usually considered. One is that Jesus had never married. But in that case, it is objected, Jesus was rather unusual, and so it is surprising that this is never explicitly explained or mentioned. The other is that Jesus was married. But in that case, [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 Comes Out!

I tried to think of an amusingly sensational headline for what is a legitimately important piece of news. As Josh Mann and Larry Hurtado have both pointed out, it looks like we will soon see the long-awaited publication of the results of the tests on the papyrus fragment known as “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”   [Read more...]

Fragments of Extracanonical Greek Gospels Online

What’s New in Papyrology highlighted some new images of Greek manuscripts that have been placed online by the British Library. They include the Egerton Gospel: And this fragment of the Gospel of Thomas in Greek: Also of related interest, a new law in Norway is requiring the digitization of all books. [Read more...]

The Oldest Christian Hymn with Music

There may be older Christian hymns, but the oldest hymn accompanied with musical notation is surely the fragmentary one found at Oxyrhynchus: The Ancient Peoples blog provided a transcription and translation of the text: [?πρ]υτανηω σιγατω μηδ᾽ αστρα φαεσφορα λ[ειπ]ε [σ]θον[.].λει[…]ρ[…]ποταμων ροθιων πασαι υμνουν των δ᾽ ημων [π]ατερα Χ᾽ υιον Χ᾽ αγιον πνευμα πασαι δυναμεις [Read More...]

Will the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife be Buried in the Talpiot Tomb?

David Meadows offered some more nails for the ossuary in which many are confident that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife will be buried, and Sightings has an article entitled “The Swift Rise and Apparent Demise of ‘Jesus’ Wife’.” As we await the test results on the ink on the papyrus fragment that made news headlines [Read More...]

What has Jesus’ Wife to do with Christopher Rollston?

Having referred in my previous post on this subject to an “obituary” for (the Gospel of) Jesus’ Wife, I am running out of possible humorous references. I can still offer a further update at some point that utilizes the Dead Parrot Sketch, once it becomes absolutely clear whether the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is nailed [Read More...]

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...]

The Most Interesting Gospel about Jesus’ Wife in the World?

Steve Douglas kindly made and shared this image: The words are something I said in my previous blog post, in response to Francis Watson’s claim that various phrases show dependence on other Gospels. There are a great many phrases one will encounter in a language which will only seem derivative of a specific other text [Read More...]

Jesus said, “My wife…” WHAT? How would you fill in the blank?

As readers already know, a small fragment in Coptic that has been making headlines because it includes the words “Jesus said, ‘My wife…’” and then is cut off there. I suggested in my last post, but thought it might be worth separating out in a post of its own, that it would be interesting (and perhaps [Read More...]


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