The Most Interesting Gospel about Jesus’ Wife in the World?

The Most Interesting Gospel about Jesus’ Wife in the World? September 21, 2012

Steve Douglas kindly made and shared this image:

The words are something I said in my previous blog post, in response to Francis Watson’s claim that various phrases show dependence on other Gospels. There are a great many phrases one will encounter in a language which will only seem derivative of a specific other text to someone who is not a native speaker – to a native speaker, they will more likely seem to be common language that it would be impossible to associate with a single text, the language being too widely used in too many different ways.

Of course, I must admit that the phrasing I used in that post did remind me at the time of the “Most Interesting Man in the World” meme. Some phrases do have specific resonances, and sometimes even a very vague structure can remind us of a familiar phrase – although the more familiar the phrasing or wording, the less necessary it will be to posit direct dependence on a literary text.

So the relevant question is whether those found in “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” are in the former or the latter category.

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