Francis Watson Says the ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment is Fake

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.

7 thoughts on “Francis Watson Says the ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment is Fake

  1. Joe Zias 21 Sep 2012 at 6:50 am

    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 21 Sep 2012 at 6:51 am

      till the discovery channel airs a special half a year later


  2. Robert Deutschobert Deutsch 21 Sep 2012 at 7:04 am

    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 21 Sep 2012 at 7:08 am

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


  3. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) 21 Sep 2012 at 7:06 am

    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) 21 Sep 2012 at 9:34 am

    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:

    Click to access Watson2.pdf


  5. Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake? 21 Sep 2012 at 10:20 am

    […] 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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