“Jesus’s Wife” Scholar Admits: Where There Are Flames, There May Be Fire

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Partially conceding the bloody obvious, Harvard professor Karen L. King said the following to the New York Times: This is substantive, it’s worth taking seriously, and it may point in the direction of forgery. This is one option that should receive serious consideration, but I don’t think it’s a done deal. The “this” she’s talking [Read More...]

Another Nail in the Coffin of the “Jesus’s Wife” Hoax

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Evidence indicating that Karen King’s so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” (GJW) is a modern forgery just keeps piling up. Most recently, we learned that the man listed as the source for the document (prior to the anonymous donor/forger) almost certainly never owned it. This came on top of a mountain of other evidence suggesting modern [Read More...]

“Jesus’s Wife” Hoax: The Plot Thickens

Kudos to LiveScience for doing an actual investigation into the provenance claims of the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.” The results are fascinating. Karen King initially put the document forward as a copy of a 2nd century lost “gospel” before retreating, in the face of inconclusive testing, to the possibility of it being an 8th [Read More...]

A True Story About “Jesus’s Wife”

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I went into our Religious Education office this morning and was reminded that I have a lot of work ahead of me. It seems as though Little Bart (not his real name) came home from his Religious Formation Class and told mommy that Jesus was married. Because that’s what a teacher in our program told [Read More...]

“Jesus’s Wife”: Still Fake

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More than 18 months after the mainstream media splashed front pages with credulous headlines about a “new” “gospel” “proving” “Jesus” had a “wife” (and I’ve used up my allotment of scare quotes just writing that much), we finally have the results of testing on the age of the papyrus, and the results are … meaningless, [Read More...]

The “Jesus’s Wife” Hoax: One Year Later

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One year ago, I was writing about a scholar who had produced a fragment of papyrus that allegedly contained a reference to the “wife” of Jesus. The fragment was of dubious provenance and even more questionable content, and the professor–Karen L. King of Harvard University–had produced a singularly unimpressive body of work, largely on Gnostic [Read More...]

Jesus’s Wife: Textual Fingerprints of a Forger

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Mark Goodacre continues to post outstanding coverage on the “Jesus’s Wife” fragment. His blog has become the main clearing house for news on the forgery, and now he has a new scoop. There’s an error in the fragment that is reproduced from an online version of the Gospel of Thomas. You should read Goodacre’s whole piece, as well [Read More...]

Gnostic Pawn Stars

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“Would you like to pawn it or sell it?” Courtesy of Catholic Memes via Chris Smith via Pinterist. If Karen King had just walked into Gold and Silver Pawn, Rick and Chumley would have straightened her out. My other posts on the Jesus’s “Wife” Hoax can be found here.   [Read more...]


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