As I mentioned on Tuesday, Smithsonian had a documentary called “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” ready to run at 8pm on Sunday night. In the wake of numerous claims that the fragment is a forgery, they’ve decided to postpone that documentary pending additional testing.
From USA Today:
The Smithsonian Channel has postponed plans to broadcast a documentary on the discovery of a “Jesus wife” papyrus that a Vatican newspaper declares is a probable fake.
A promo for the documentary The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife on the channel’s website refers to the “damaged and fragile” ancient papyrus as “one of the most significant discoveries of all time.”
While the website still carries the description of the program, a small note to the right says it is “not currently airing.”
A spokesman says the broadcast has been postponed “until the text undergoes further tests,” according to The Washington Post.
Good for them. Now they can get back to some real history, like Ancient Aliens Week.
Thanks to Martin in the comboxes.