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Monday, December 31, 2012

Summing Up the "Mrs. Christ" Curiosity - Le Donne

As 2012 draws to a close (has anyone considered that the Mayans were the best pranksters in history?), it seems that the biggest news in Jesus studies was the "discovery", publicity, and accusations of forgery of the so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife".

Would it be fair to sum up the arguments for forgery in this way?:

(1) The direct-object marker m\ omission that seems to have been copied from Grondin’s page by page interlinear (pdf).  Add to this the curiosities in (2) penmanship, (3) text correction (to e), (4) the form of the name “Mary”, (5) the sheer quantity of potentially scandalous phrases contained on this small fragment, and (6) the mysteriously anonymous collector behind this papyrus.

Are there other arguments that I'm missing?  It is my understanding that ink results have not been released yet.  Have I missed any news here?

Also, what are the best arguments for authenticity?


1 comment:

  1. Very sorry, I forgot to thank Mark Goodacre for his link: