Gospel of Jesus’ Wife; Karen King; papyrology
Warszawa : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
B. Bokus, E. Kosowska (ed.), "Truth and falsehood in science and the arts" (S. 36-45). Warszawa : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
The case of the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife lays bare all the problems of
research on early Christian manuscripts. We have here a manuscript of unknown
provenance, a private collector wishing to protect his anonymity, an academic
institution hungry for media interest, and, last but not least, the ideological
bias of a scholar. In the end, the manuscript proved to be a modern forgery.
However, we know this without any serious doubt not thanks to laboratory
analyses and more traditional paleographic or historical studies. The issue
was not resolved until a professional journalist conducted a journalistic investigation.
If this method of verification of manuscript authenticity joins the
others, it would be an undisputable benefit of this whole four-year-long saga.