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Like “Jesus said to them, my wife” and stuff.

September 29, 2012

A recent finding of a manuscript (entertainingly) shows that Jesus Christ was married. But scholars are divided to its authenticity. After all, it was written in the 4th century; methinks it ought to be recognized as gnostic. From Reuters:

“Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery,” the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial by its editor, Gian Maria Vian. “In any case, it’s a fake.”

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“It’s really pretty unlikely that it’s authentic,” University of Durham Professor Francis Watson told Reuters after he published a paper arguing the words on the fragment were a rearrangement of phrases from a well known Coptic text.

Watson, who has previously worked on identifying forged gospels, said it was likely to be an ancient blank fragment that was written over in the 20th or 21st century by a forger seeking to make money.

Watson argues the words on the fragment do not fit grammatically into a larger text.

“It’s possible to get hold of an old bit of un-written on papyrus and write some new stuff on it,” Watson said. “There is a market for fake antiquities throughout the Middle East … I would guess that in this case the motivation might have been a financial one.”

I do hope the fragment of Jesus Christ as the first hipster surfaces. That would be. Like. Totes rad.

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