After a few years ago writing a fascinating exposé of the forger (Walter Fritz) behind the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and his duping of Karen King at Harvard, just yesterday Ariel Sabar published an equally fascinating exposé about stolen and misrepresented New Testament papyri, including many from Oxford’s Egyptian Exploration Society (EES) and its famous Oxyrynchus papyri collection.Read More »
Investigative journalism at its finest. Thank you, Ariel Sabar.
You really can’t make this stuff up about the guy who made the Jesus’ Wife stuff up:Read More »
A rumor is floating around at this year’s SBL among scholars close to the events of the initial publicizing of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment. Namely, the claim is that the initial chemical analysis was done in a quick and unconventional manner (comparing the GJW fragment with the Gospel of John fragment from the same collection) by someone at MIT (apparently Timothy Swager) who happens to be a close friend of the husband of Karen King. This is merely hearsay at this point and has not been substantiated in a peer-reviewed publication. Still, it should be examined by those close to the situation and either confirmed or debunked. If the rumor is debunked, this blog will make due note of it.
In an article for The Atlantic this past Monday (Nov. 17), Joel Baden and Candida Moss wrote a wonderful, thorough account of scholarship and mass media developments related to the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and related texts. The upshot is that the scholarly consensus is that the text is a forgery, but that the mass media is still tending to maintain its authenticity.Read More »
Scandal breaks yet again… Newspapers and television reports around the world are touting a new book that asserts that Jesus married the Magdalene and had two kids, and his kids’ names are about to be disclosed for the first time in history.Read More »
Stephen Emmel recently made a guest post on Alin Suciu’s blog. Emmel has calculated the size of the Gospel of John fragment written by the same modern prankster who created the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment. Based on the size of the fragment and its exemplar (the Qau codex), a full leaf of the Gospel of John fragment would represent either “the tallest (or widest)” of any papyrus codex “yet known.” This adds further proof against the inauthenticity of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus. To put it another way, while the physical dimensions of the Gospel of John fragment would make it the tallest tale ever, that epithet might just as aptly suit the content and creation of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.Read More »
What was noted on several blogs (including this one) on April 24 has, a full week later, finally started making the rounds in mass media venues:Read More »
A couple weeks ago, the Jesus’ Wife papyrus was making the rounds again in mass media, mostly in articles citing chemical/material analysis “proving” its authenticity. Here is one such article: