Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Article on 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Delayed

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Article on 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Delayed

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The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Christian history on its head when it was announced in September.

The article by Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King was scheduled for the review's January edition. It was expected to provide answers to questions that had been raised about the relic's authenticity soon after King announced the discovery to select national media and at an international conference of biblical scholars in Rome.

King told CNN that the article has been delayed because testing on the fragment is not complete.

A spokeswoman for Harvard Divinity School, Kathryn Dodgson, said in an email Jan. 4 that the owner of the papyrus--whose identity has not been disclosed--"has been making arrangements for further testing and analysis of the fragment, including testing by independent laboratories with the resources and specific expertise necessary to produce and interpret reliable results."

Dodgson said the Harvard Theological Review is still planning to publish King's article "after conclusion of all the testing so that the results may be incorporated."

"Until testing is complete, there is nothing more to say at this point."

King has said the fragment is from a fourth-century codex written in Coptic that may have come from an earlier, unknown Gospel. …

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