Coptic text mentioning 'wife of Jesus' shown as a fraud
Catholic World News - May 02, 2014
A Coptic fragment of supposedly ancient vintage, that referred to a wife of Jesus, has been exposed as a fraud, an essay in the Wall Street Journal reports.
The papyrus fragment was introduced to the scholarly world by Harvard’s Karen King last year, and despite questions about its authenticity her article was published just before Easter this year by the Harvard Theological Review, generating enormous media coverage.
But now a new study has shown that the fragment matches an earlier discovery, which has since been shown to be a forgery.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our September expenses ($33,441 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: Dan -
May. 06, 2014 11:47 AM ET USA
Looking forward to the "enormous" media coverage of this fraud...waiting...still waiting...
Posted by: jg23753479 -
May. 02, 2014 4:05 PM ET USA
The fragment about the "wife" tells me nothing. The fact Harvard Theological Review published this article of sham scholarship, however, helps confirm a general impression I have of Harvard as a university: oversold, overpriced, and overrated.