Jesus’s “Wife” Hoax: Smithsonian To Air Documentary About the Fragment

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This Sunday! That was fast. The Smithsonian Channel (unofficial motto: “Doing Our Part to Make America Dumber”) is airing a documentary about “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” on Sunday, less than two weeks after its revelation to the world. It will be interesting to hear reactions from defenders of Karen King who said she handled this [Read More...]

Remember When They Discovered Mona Lisa’s Grave?

As it turns out, they didn’t. I posted on the story back in July, with the team reporting that they had found the final resting place of Lisa del Giocondo, the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Wellllll… not so much, it turns out.  Archaeologists who found the remains in July, earlier thought it to be of [Read More...]

More From Francis Watson on “Jesus’s Wife” Fragment

Mark Goodacre has a supplemental report from Francis Watson of Durham University, who provided the initial report suggesting the fragment is a modern forgery. This one is called “Addendum: The End of the Line?” It’s interesting to see how the internet is shaping this story. In his first paragraph, Professor Watson mentions a comment by renowned Biblical scholar Richard [Read More...]

Expert: “Jesus’s Wife” Fragment a Modern Forgery

It may not be a smoking gun, but it’s Col. Mustard in the Conservatory. The awesome Dale Price turned up this story in the Guardian, which is based on this report by Francis Watson of Durham University, first shared by Mark Goodacre. What’s the proof? The fragment appears to have been composed from pieces of [Read More...]

Uncovering Hidden Texts at the Mountain of God

St. Catherine’s Monastery occupies a spot at the base of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have encountered the burning bush. We know monks have been there since at least the late 4th century, since the peripatetic Egeria noted its existence in the early 380s, but it’s possible monastic life there stretches back even further. So: really old. St. Catherine’s [Read More...]

Google-mapping Ancient Mexico

Blogging will remain light while I soak up the last two weeks of summer with my kids. Besides, there’s a giant black hole in the internet from about now until after all the kids are back in school, so traffic is very low in late August. I’m not even sure you’re reading this right now. [Read More...]

The Oxyrhynchus Project: Desktop Papyrology

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el-Bahnasa is a sand-blasted village about 100 miles south of Cairo. Once known as Oxyrhynchus (“City of the Sharp-Nose Fish”), it prospered under the Greeks, and became largely Christian under the Romans and Byzantines. It had a gradual decline until about the 7th century, when Arab invasions finished it off. Its structures–including a number of churches and monasteries–were [Read More...]

Seal Depicting Samson Discovered (Or Maybe Not)

It’s hard to know what to make of this story at this point, so I’m just going to put it out there as reported. Excavations at Tel Beit Shmesh have turned up an interesting stone seal at a level dating to about the 11th century BC. This is the seal:   It’s about 1.5 cm [Read More...]


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