I would like to thank Francis Watson, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University for the opportunity to publish the following short article:
The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed
Update (9.49): see now also Watson's Introduction and Summary for non-specialists.
Update (15.24): The story has made The Guardian:
Gospel of Jesus's Wife is fake, claims expert
Scholar says papyrus fragment believed to provide evidence that Jesus was married is a modern forgery
(Note: there are three errors in the piece; (1) "Karen King from Harvard university holds the papyrus fragment that has four words written in Coptic, which are believed to prove
Jesus was married". She does not believe that these prove that Jesus was married. Rather, she holds that some Christians believe that this was the case in the second half of the second century. The fragment has a lot more than "four words" too. (2) In the second half of the article, Francis Watson is called "Martin" by mistake. (3) In Secret Mark, it is not correct that "Jesus spent the night with naked youths"; he spends the night, of the duration of this passage at least, with just one naked youth.)