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Coptic text mentioning 'wife of Jesus' shown as a fraud

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.


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  • Posted by: - 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.