Skepticism About 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Grows as Test Results Lag

Skepticism About 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Grows as Test Results Lag 1

Karen L. King

Lengthy delays in testing the authenticity of the papyrus fragment are stoking the views of critics who consider it a forgery.

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Karen L. King

Lengthy delays in testing the authenticity of the papyrus fragment are stoking the views of critics who consider it a forgery.

In September 2012, Karen L. King, a professor of divinity at Harvard University, revealed the discovery of a fourth-century papyrus fragment in which Jesus refers to a wife. It was a big deal at the time. Then scholars questioned its authenticity and the publication of Ms. King's paper was delayed, as was an already-filmed special for the Smithsonian Channel.

Since then: silence.

So what's been