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…]

The Gospel of Jesus’ Fake Wife, or the Fake Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?

The Boston Globe has an article about the conversation among scholars about the fragment. Bart Ehrman is quoted as saying what many cautious scholars would say based on the currently-available evidence: “[T]he jury is out still, but it’s not looking good for authenticity.” Mark Goodacre shared updated copies of Francis Watson’s pdf articles. Andrew Bernhard posted [Read More…]

The Doctor’s View of Human Beings

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Erwin Schrödinger Cat and Karen King’s Article

Karen King’s article on the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” for Harvard Theological Review is providing a real-life illustration of the famous thought experiment about Schrödinger’s cat. It seems that King’s HTR article exists in two superimposed states. In one reality inhabited by some bloggers, the article has been rejected. In another reality inhabited by other [Read More…]

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife at SBL in Chicago?

The title of this post is not referring to yet another papyrus fragment, this one about Jesus’ wife who allegedly was or will be at SBL in Chicago. I’m rather interested in floating the idea that it might be worthwhile to have a gathering devoted to the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” at SBL in Chicago [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…]

Jim Linville’s Zombie Blog Rises from the Grave

If Jim Linville’s blog had been dead for a mere three days, we might say it was resurrected, or that it had only in fact been mostly dead. But his blog was dead. It was nailed to the biblioblogosphere. It was an ex-blog. But now it’s back, and that can only mean one thing… It’s [Read More…]

Is Jesus’ Wife Turning Into Thomas?

Discussion of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife continues full speed ahead on scholarly blogs, and on list-servs such as that dedicated to the Gospel of Thomas. All of this is fantastic to see.  There have been ongoing discussions about open access to scholarly publications. But I think it is also wonderful when not merely the fruits [Read More…]

Yom Kippur

I wish those celebrating Yom Kippur an easy fast, as the traditional greeting says. And I invite anyone interested to discuss the notion of atonement on this Jewish “Day of Atonement” – it seems as good a time as any to chat about the topic! Christians, if you need some food for thought, then take [Read More…]

The Future Format of Books?

Tim Bulkeley has written a book. The title is Not Only a Father: Talk of God as Mother in the Bible and Christian Tradition. You can buy it in traditional printed book format if you are so inclined. But he has also done some other interesting and perhaps radically innovative things with it. He’s made [Read More…]


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