'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, prof now says

2016-06-21 06:15
A 2012 file photo of Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King. (AP)

A 2012 file photo of Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Boston - A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married, now says it's likely a forgery.

In 2012, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King presented the fragment, which includes the phrase, "Jesus said to them, my wife."

Since then, other scholars have raised doubts about the fragment's authenticity.

In an interview with The Associated Press, King acknowledged that the fragment is likely a fake. She cites an investigative article published on The Atlantic magazine's website last week.

King says she was lied to by the fragment's owner, Florida businessman Walter Fritz. Fritz denies forging the fragment.

King said from the beginning that the fragment cannot be considered evidence that Jesus was married, only that the topic was discussed by early Christians.

Read more on:    us  |  religion

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.