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Monday, October 6, 2014

Reports of a New First-Century Jesus Fragment

World News Daily Report (which is not the most reliable source for news) is "reporting" that archivist Ignazio Perrucci has discovered a document written by Marcus Velleius Paterculus (c. 31 C.E.) in the Vatican. If this is not a hoax, it contains the earliest textual evidence for Jesus of Nazareth and describes Jesus' raising of a stillborn child. I do not doubt that this report will generate a good deal of speculation over the next few days.

Let's cut right to the chase on this one: this is a fake story, invented by a fake news webpage.



  1. Oh well. At least it fooled Michael Heiser of PaleoBabble and other sites at least for a bit. I'm sure the authors called that a result!

  2. Snopes isn't always reliable either.