In my previous post I described the announcement of a papyrus fragment that Harvard professor Karen L. King titled “The Gospel of Jesus Wife” because it apparently contains the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife….'” I suggested then some scholars had already pointed to a number of problems that suggested the writing on the papyrus is not from the 4th century, but is a modern forgery. That judgment seems even more likely now. It appears that the text is a collage of words and phrases from and already well-known Gnostic document, The Gospel of Thomas. Apparently the text on the papyrus was copied from an online transcription of Thomas. The Evangelical Textual Criticism blog has the details.
14 Oct 2012