[Disclaimer Added: It’s a modern forgery.]
Karen King has finally gotten research on the fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” published in the Harvard Theological Review (thank goodness too, as there were some concerns over whether the research would get space in a proper venue like this). As indicated, they’d just been waiting for the results to come back from the physical tests of the papyrus fragment. These physical tests include a comparison of the ink with other inks from antiquity and a carbon dating test performed on the papyrus itself.
- Read the full text of King’s article in the Harvard Theological Review
- Other HTR articles on paleography, spectroscopy (and again), and carbon dating (and again)
- An exchange between Leo Depuydt and Karen King in HTR (and his reply)
- Also an article in Harvard Magazine and a press release
- As well as a write-up in a little magazine called Time (make that two write-ups)
- And from Francis Watson, Jesus’ Wife Attempts a Comeback: Initial Response
- With another reply from Christian Askeland, Jesus’s Wife Resurrected from Dead
- There’s now even a clip from late-night television with Conan O’Brien
These tests don’t vindicate those who had been beating the drums for “forgery” from the beginning. On the other hand, they don’t take all the ambiguity out of the matter either, and there will continue to be those who support a hypothesis of modern forgery. The good news is that a healthy debate can occur, taking into consideration all of the most salient data, now that the physical evidence has been examined.
You can check out the links below or join the discussion on the Early Writings forum. And now, the reaction from the blogosphere… Continue reading »