Regular readers of the NT Blog will know of my interest in the so-called Gospel of Jesus' Wife and after several months without news, a whole raft of news, features, interviews and -- most importantly -- articles in the Harvard Theological Review, all emerged today. The media reaction to the news is often predictably over-simplified and over-stated, but the key resources for study are the following:
The Gospel of Jesus' Wife 2014 Update
Here, Harvard Divinity School provide a major update and revision of their earlier (September 2012) website on the fragment, with a new press release, an introduction, a revised Q & A, new digital photographs and scientific reports. Much of this is new material and repays careful reading.
The Harvard Magazine also has an article today:
The Jesus Wife Fragment: The Scientific Evidence
Most important, though, is the latest edition of HTR, which is dominated by materials on the fragment:
Harvard Theological Review
There are several articles on the fragment, including a massively revised version of Karen King's “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment, several scientific analyses of the papyrus and ink, a paleographical discussion by Malcolm Choat, an article arguing for forgery by Leo Depuydt, and a brief rejoinder from Karen King.
Media coverage has included pieces in the Boston Globe and the New York Times.
There has already been some strong discussion of the latest news in the blogs. I would particularly recommend the pieces by Jim Davila, Larry Hurtado, Christopher Rollston and Bob Cargill, as well as the typically helpful round-up from James McGrath.
I have been in meetings all day, and at an enjoyable dinner for a retiring colleague this evening, so I have not had time to analyze the fresh evidence with the kind of care necessary to blog about it today, so I will wait until I have a moment to make some observations. I have now had the chance to read almost everything, but I need to take some time to digest everything properly before adding my own additional comments.