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New Doubts Raised About 'Gospel Of Jesus' Wife'

Monday, May 05, 2014

There are new questions being raised about the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” the fragment of papyrus containing the words, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” and “she will be able to be my disciple.”

Skeptics have long thought the text was a forgery, and pointed out grammatical errors in the Coptic script. Last month, the Harvard Theological Review published results of radiocarbon tests that dated the scrap to around the 7th century.

But now another researcher, Christian Askeland, has found that a different square of papyrus written in Coptic and called the “Gospel of John” appears to be written by the same person, and he says he has evidence the Gospel of John is a fraud.

Karen King told The New York Times that this new evidence is worth taking seriously and could point to forgery.

When we spoke to her last month, she said the debate over the papyrus wasn’t over whether Jesus was married, but about early Christianity.

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