Problematic Papyri

Problematic Papyri May 5, 2014

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given the sensationalist character of the claims, and its connection with apologists known for offering a depiction of things that is at best one-sided, there is good reason to reserve judgment on all claims related to this fragment until there has been proper scholarly study of it. The fact that McDowell claims that the fragment was retrieved from the wrappings of a mummy, undertaken by people who are not professional archaeologists, makes the whole thing profoundly disturbing from a scholarly perspective.

See also Mark Goodacre’s round-up of the latest blogging on the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” fragment, which now looks certain to be a fake based on the evidence from the Gospel of John fragment that is connected with it.

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