“Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” Fragment Proves to Be a Forgery

'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' (Courtesy of Karen L. King)

‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ (Courtesy of Karen L. King)

In September 2012, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King announced the discovery of a Coptic (ancient Egyptian) gospel text on a papyrus fragment that contained the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .’ ” The world took notice. The possibility that Jesus was married would prompt a radical reconsideration of the New Testament and biblical scholarship.

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