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Francis Watson Says the ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment is Fake

Posted in Biblical Studies Resources by Jim on September 21, 2012

Mark Goodacre has it.

I would like to thank Francis Watson, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University for the opportunity to publish the following short article:  The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

Francis Watson- now that’s a man who can be trusted.  He’s a remarkable scholar and he knows the field just about as well as anyone.  And his argument is absolutely convincing.  Read it for yourself.

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  1. Joe Zias said, on September 21, 2012 at 06:50

    Shelf life for a lot of this ‘press conference archaeology’ a day or two. BAR will run it, Univ of NC-Charlotte, Canadian newspaper or two and finis.

    • Jim said, on September 21, 2012 at 06:51

      till the discovery channel airs a special half a year later

  2. Robert Deutschobert Deutsch said, on September 21, 2012 at 07:04

    I am amazed time and again how respected scholars are able to diagnose unprovenanced
    items whit out seeing the actual material. It is a bit amateurish to declare an item as fake just
    because is unprovenanced. But there is probably more at it which I am not able to
    understand. Jim, please made it clear to me what is wrong with my approach.

    • Jim said, on September 21, 2012 at 07:08

      it’s simple- no provenance, no scholarly worth. further, watson’s case is water tight.

  3. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) said, on September 21, 2012 at 07:06

    I also found Watson’s case clear and convincing. Thanks for linking. Alin Suciu has this interesting interview too, though I had to use Google translate to get at it!

  4. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) said, on September 21, 2012 at 09:34

    I’ve now also uploaded an Introduction and Summary by Francis Watson, which will be useful for those who can’t follow the technical details in the main piece:

  5. Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake? said, on September 21, 2012 at 10:20

    [...] he followed up with a second shorter pdf on the forger’s alleged technique. Some are already pronouncing the issue resolved. I would like to suggest that that judgment is premature.First, Watson [...]

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