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The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a Fake Gospel-Fragment Was Composed

 Francis Watson of the University of Durham has provided a six-page analysis (PDF) of the Coptic fragment which seems to say Jesus was married. This is the most in-depth examination I have seen yet. Professor Watson concludes that The text has been constructed out of small pieces – words or phrases – culled mostly from the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (GTh), Sayings 101 and 114, and set in new contexts. This is most probably the compositional procedure of a modern author who is not a native speaker of Coptic. Among other scholars weighing in, see Gary Manning Jr., Darrell Bock, Christian Askeland, Michael Kruger, Peter Williams and Simon Gathercole, Dirk Jongkind, Daniel Wallace. HT: Scot McKnight Article Source: Justin Taylor Related articles Harvard refuses to publish Jesus-wife manuscript fragment ( “Jesus’s wife” fragment judged fake, Harvard rejects ( Expert: “Wife of Jesus” fragment looks like a modern forgery… ( Daniel B. Wallace responds to the “Jesus has a wife” media sensationalism ( Durham University professor calls the “Jesus had a wife” manuscript fragment a forgery (