Jesus’ Wife Fragment: What’s Happening?
Last year, from September onward, newspapers and the blogosphere were rippling with references to an putative fragment of an ancient Christian text in Coptic in which there appeared to be a reference to a wife of Jesus. All through last Autumn scholarly queries about it were fast and thick, with a growing chorus expressing either suspicions about its authenticity or outright declaring it to be a fake.
It was to be the focus of an article reported to be forthcoming in the prestigious journal, Harvard Theological Review, but by this time last year this had been put on hold to allow physical tests of the fragment. To date, no such article has appeared, and from a trawl through web sites this afternoon, I find nothing further of any substance.
So, honest question: What happened to the fragment, the article, and the claims involved? Surely, it doesn’t take 11 months to do the testing in question. Were the tests conducted? If so, results? Where do we stand. It’s not acceptable for something like this to go into silence without explanation. Can we hear from Prof. Karen King? Anyone (who actually knows something)?