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Fourth Century Papyrus Fragment Refers to the Wife of Jesus

Fourth Century Papyrus Fragment Refers to the Wife of Jesus

by Kathryn Lawson Sep 19, 2012

Roger Bagnall, director of ISAW, was one of two papyrologists asked to examine the fourth century papyrus fragment recently identified by Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. Written in Coptic and only 4 by 8 centimeters, it contains the phrase 'Jesus said to them, my wife', sparking controversy in the scholarly world and reporting from various news media across the globe. After examining the piece with AnneMarie Luijendijk of Princeton University, Prof. Bagnall believes the fragment to be authentic.

Below find a link to the Harvard Divinity School website containing images and a translation of the text, along with a draft of Prof. King's article.

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/research-projects/the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife