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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.

Written by Jim

21 Sep 2012 at 6:25 am

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  1. 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.


    Joe Zias

    21 Sep 2012 at 6:50 am

    • till the discovery channel airs a special half a year later



      21 Sep 2012 at 6:51 am

  2. 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.


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



      21 Sep 2012 at 7:08 am

  3. 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. 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. […] 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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