“Jesus’ Wife” Arguments: And the Beat Goes On!
This week there have been three more substantial online postings pertaining to the “Jesus’ Wife” fragment, each of them posing and discussing curiosities in the “back story” about the transmission-history of the fragment prior to its coming into the hands of Prof. King.
- There was this story in Live Science about an attempt to trace an individual named as a once-owner of the fragment, which raised questions about the matter here.
- Then, Mark Goodacre blogged on the matter, offering additional observations pertaining to the same individual and his possible movements as described in the account given by Prof. King here. (And some of the comments offer further interesting information.)
- I should also mention a detailed analysis of the handwriting by Greg Schwendner in which he considers the possibility that it is “simulated” (i.e., a fake by someone attempting to simulate authentic Coptic writing) here.
- Most recently, Christian Askeland has posted observations about the ink-test report, suggesting that the two items used for comparison in the test may have been by the same hand. If so, that would render the other item (a fragment of Gospel of John) less useful as a “control” item for testing the “Jesus’ Wife” fragment. Read his posting here.
Obviously, things are not settled, and it now looks like there will be further efforts to trace the movements/history of the fragment, checking the account given (to Prof. King and subsequently given by her).