This time it is from CNN. The article is entitled, New clues cast doubt on ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’. It begins:
It seemed real; it seemed fake; it seemed real again; now we’re back to fake.
"It" is the controversial little scrap of papyrus, written in Coptic, that seems to have Jesus referring to "my wife," in contrast to the traditional stance that affirms Jesus’ perpetual bachelorhood.
The quick backstory: In 2012, a Harvard professor, Karen King, brought this papyrus to the attention of scholars and the public.
Both the material and the script looked authentically ancient at first glance, and though the notion of Jesus having a wife was remarkable, these "lost" Christian writings, such as the Gnostic Gospels, are full of unorthodoxies.
It was good enough for King, who is widely respected in the scholarly world.
We’ve been there. But it is worth it to read this latest update. Here are links to previous postings in this blog:
- Hot New Topic: The Wife of Jesus
- Rolling My Eyes: The News Cycle of Jesus’ Wife
- Jesus’ Wife Papyrus Update
- Carbon Dating Problems with the “Jesus’ Wife” Fragment
- More on the Carbon Dating of the GJW, ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Fragment
- The Latest News on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife
Hat tip to Louis