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Testing Indicates “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Papyrus Fragment to be Ancient

The fragment does not provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married but concerns an early Christian debate over whether women who are wives and mothers can de disciples of Jesus. (Karen L. King, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment)

Today’s New York Times published an article summarizing the results of analysis performed on the papyrus fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which was first presented by Dr. Karen L. King (Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School) at the International Coptic Congress in Rome in September 2012. The article coincides with the Harvard Divinty’s School’s press release announcing the results of testing of the papyrus and carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar.

An introduction to the fragment, images of the fragment (digital, microscopic, and multi-spectral), and scientific reports (C-14 dating, Micro-Raman spectroscopy, and FR-IT testing) are available at HDS’s The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife 2014 Update.

Dr. King’s critical edition of the papyrus fragment is published in the latest volume of the Harvard Theological Review: Karen L. King. ““Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment.” Harvard Theological Review, volume 107, issue 02 (April 2014): pp. 131–159.


Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in News

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