From Cambridge University Press:
The Jesus’ Wife Controversy
The latest issue of New Testament Studies features a fascinating collection of articles about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife which is available for you to read, share and download for free.
In response to Dr Karen King’s 2014 article in Harvard Theological Review, which sparked a lively online debate, New Testament Studies has commissioned a special collection of six peer-reviewed articles to provide scholars with a summative statement of the debate going beyond the narrow issue of authenticity.
Simcha J. is suggesting that all the learned people calling into question the authenticity of the ‘Jesus Wife’ fragment are nothing more than vultures and ‘c-list’ scholars.
First, I didn’t know Simcha had a website and apparently neither does the rest of the world as Alexa ranks him in the 10,000,000 plus range (which means that the only people who visit his page are himself and his mom).
Second, I didn’t know there were various ‘lists’ of scholars but I suppose when you’re an unlearned journalist who makes a living making and promoting D-List films featuring absurd claims and unsupported and unsubstantiated rubbish you like to construct lists so that you feel better about yourself.
And third, Simcha exposes himself for the person he really is and his true aims when he writes on his virtually unknown page
But here’s the scoop: the naysayers are losing this war. 1,600 years ago one group of Christians decided that theirs is the only legitimate version of Christianity. They impaled their opposition and they burned their texts. Thereafter, anything that contradicted the official version became first “heresy” and now “forgery”. It would have been a perfect crime except for archaeology and that terrible bugaboo – a free press. They keep resurrecting the voices of the dead. And the story they tell is not only not a “forgery,” but it’s what the rest of us call “history”.
‘Scoop’? Only of poop. Simcha has been out with his super dooper pooper scooper again and dredged up yet another silly claim in an attempt to bolster his pseudo-scholarship. No one is trying to hide the truth or cover things up and it isn’t the ‘free press’ which has exposed the very fraud-ridden fake findings featured in Simcha’s films, it’s scholars.
But of course he HAS to say such things doesn’t he. He’s got a film in the works on the fraudulent patently faked piece of farcicalness and if scholars have already managed to persuade the public that they needn’t waste their time on it, then no advertiser will be willing to buy time when it airs because, let’s be honest for a second, Simcha is as interested in authentic scholarship as Emmanuel Christian Seminary is.
Money is the bottom line, the middle line, and the top line. So Simcha can screech down his silent well as loudly as he likes. He won’t persuade anyone who knows anything about the subject. He can call Francis Watson and Mark Goodacre ‘c list’ scholars all he likes but we all know the truth, don’t we.
With thanks to Mark Goodacre for the tweet informing me of the Simcha-esque nonsense.
- No, People, a 4th Century Scrap Doesn’t Prove Jesus Had a Wife (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
Francis Watson’s Revised Essay in Bible & Interpretation, Including Some VERY Important Observations in an Appendix By Stephen Carlson
You can read the revised essay here. Take note as well of the appendix. Carlson is at the top of his form. And once you read it, you’ll get off the fence, and you’ll stop ‘limping between two opinions’.