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...]

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...]

Jesus – Married too Soon?

Clergy Family Confidential has a list of ten reasons why one would not want to be Jesus’ wife. And then they came up with another ten. For more humor related to the topic, see Christian Brady’s suggestions of how the text might have continued after “Jesus said, ‘My wife…’” and also see the cartoon at [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...]

Coptic Text Mentions Jesus’ Wife

The New York Times, the Harvard Gazette, The Huffington Post and other media outlets are breaking the news that Karen King, a scholar well known for her work on the phenomenon usually referred to as “Gnosticism,” has come into possession of and has been studying a Coptic papyrus fragment which is likely to be authentic, [Read More...]

Early Jewish, Christian or Manichaean Manuscript to be Auctioned

A very ancient papyrus document, featuring a psalm in Coptic which has been variously proposed to be Christian, Jewish, or Manichaean, is due to by auctioned by Christie’s. Alin Suciu has more information on his blog, as well as a call for some institution to purchase it and ensure that it remains available for scholarly [Read More...]

Patience, Not Undue Skepticism, Appropriate Regarding Early Mark Manuscript Claims

Several bloggers, including myself, have urged folks not to get too excited at this early stage about rumors regarding a very early – indeed, first-century – fragment of the Gospel of Mark having been found. But it is important that one respond with calm patience, not with the assumption that the claim is bogus. To [Read More...]


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