“Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” May Be A Fake

The tiny piece of papyrus that recently sparked controversy for supposedly portraying Jesus talking about his wife is now shrouded in doubt as to its authenticity. Recent suggestions are that the Coptic text on the papyrus was forged by an amateur using a Coptic-English interlinear edition (written by Michael Grondin) of the Gospel of Thomas, since it seems to duplicate a typographic error from that book. The Harvard Theological Review, which was originally going to publish the first article announcing the papyrus’ find, has decided to pull the article from its first 2013 issue.

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UPDATE: Andrew Bernhard has put together a paper outlining how the fragment might have been forged. Click HERE for the paper.

The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” Papyrus Fragment