Easter Approaches

Marcus Borg, Kimberly Winston, and Jim Naughton all raised the question of whether Christians need to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Their conclusions are different, in interesting ways. What do readers of this blog think? Of related interest, Mark Goodacre shared a video of an interview Karen King recently gave: And Bart [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...]

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...]

Jesus’ Wife Sightings

Since no announcement about lab results testing the ink from the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife has been forthcoming, scholars and other interested parties continue to discuss, report, and try to draw conclusions as best we can based on the available evidence. Andrew Bernhard, author of several online articles exploring the possibility that the text is [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...]

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...]

Lessons from Jesus’ Wife

There is an interview with Karen King in the Chronicle of Higher Education (HT Jim Davila). In it, she explains why she proceeded as she did, and mentions that she is looking for suggestions for a better name for the fragment. Peter Head discusses features of the papyrus fragment that have received surprisingly little attention, and [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...]

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...]

The Gospel of Jesus’ Fake Wife, or the Fake Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?

The Boston Globe has an article about the conversation among scholars about the fragment. Bart Ehrman is quoted as saying what many cautious scholars would say based on the currently-available evidence: “[T]he jury is out still, but it’s not looking good for authenticity.” Mark Goodacre shared updated copies of Francis Watson’s pdf articles. Andrew Bernhard posted [Read More...]

Erwin Schrödinger Cat and Karen King’s Article

Karen King’s article on the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” for Harvard Theological Review is providing a real-life illustration of the famous thought experiment about Schrödinger’s cat. It seems that King’s HTR article exists in two superimposed states. In one reality inhabited by some bloggers, the article has been rejected. In another reality inhabited by other [Read More...]


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