Monday, March 23, 2020

NT Pod 90: How was the Forgery of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife Confirmed?

NT Pod 90, "How was the Forgery of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife Confirmed?", is the final episode in in the series of four podcasts on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife. It is just over eighteen minutes long.

NT Pod 90: How was the Forgery of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife Confirmed? (mp3)

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Websites referenced in this podcast:

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus' Wife, Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, July/August 2016 Issue

To Catch a Forger (Video), Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, June 22 2016, YouTube (extracts featured in this episode)

Gospel of Jesus' Wife (Harvard official site, revised "vanilla" version, January 2017 to present)

Gospel of Jesus' Wife (Harvard, 2012 site, via

Gospel of Jesus' Wife (Harvard, 2014 site, via

Gospel of Jesus' Wife (Harvard, June to December 2016 site, via "Statement from HDS Dean David N. Hempton on the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife”

NT Blog: Gospel of Jesus' Wife Posts (includes links to all the resources discussed in the podcast)

Harvard Theological Review 107/2 (April 2014) (Titles and Abstracts)

New Testament Studies 61/3 (July 2015) (Titles and Abstracts)

The Owner's Interlinear / Translation (via

"Gospel of Jesus' Wife": Doubts Raised About Ancient Text, Owen Jarus, Live Science (April 22 2014)

More on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife and Walter Fritz, Christian Askeland, Evangelical Textual Criticism Blog, June 16 2016

Gospel of Jesus' Wife Likely a Fake, Bizarre Backstory Suggests, Owen Jarus, Live Science (June 17 2016)

Karen King Responds to ‘The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife’, "The Harvard scholar says papyrus is probably a forgery", Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, June 16 2016

Thanks to Ram2000, "Me and You", for the opening theme, released under a Creative Commons agreement.


  1. The thing I find striking about Sabar's Atlantic piece is the whole deliberate (on the part of Fritz) conceit of Fritz's wife – like Jesus' one in the forged gospel – being anonymous. The anonymity serves no ostensible purpose, as anyone who wanted to buy her book is provided with the search terms to find it immediately. This really functions once more as a joke at the expense of scholars, who, unless they frequent that prestigious Eastern Pee-Pee Land institution, are unlikely to consider looking up "universal truths" and "automatic writing" as being worth their time.

    1. Nice point! I hadn't thought of that. Arguably, Jesus' Wife = Mary in the Gospel of Jesus' Wife, though?