Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How the 'Jesus' Wife' Hoax Fell Apart

The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 1, 2014 | Jerry Pattengale

Then last week the story began to crumble faster than an ancient papyrus exposed in the windy Sudan. Mr. Askeland found, among the online links that Harvard used as part of its publicity push, images of another fragment, of the Gospel of John, that turned out to share many similarities—including the handwriting, ink and writing instrument used—with the "wife" fragment.

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The Gospel of John text, he discovered, had been directly copied from a 1924 publication. "Two factors immediately indicated that this was a forgery," Mr. Askeland tells me. "First, the fragment shared the same line breaks as the 1924 publication....


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