“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

Gospel of John fragment from same group as the Gospel of Jesus's Wife.

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...]

“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...]

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...]

Smithsonian Yanks “Jesus’s Wife”

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 [Read More...]

“At any rate, a fake”

That’s the verdict of Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano (the newspaper of the Vatican) and an expert on patristic philology, on the “Jesus’s Wife” frament. Coptic Scholar Alberto Camplani seconded the opinion. The statements appeared in a pair of stories in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano, which of course means the headlines tomorrow will be “Vatican [Read More...]

Rumor: Harvard Theological Review Divorces “Jesus’s Wife” UPDATE: Or do they?

I was waiting for something more official, but the word is that the Harvard Theological Review has decided against publishing Karen King’s paper on the “Jesus’s Wife” fragment. It’s still just rumors, but the source of the story appears to be the NT Scholar Helmut Koester, and it’s percolated through enough sites without outright denials [Read More...]


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