Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

14 Oct 2012

The Gospel of Jesus Wife: Update

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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.