Religious academic says papyrus recognizing “Jesus Christ’s wife” is “fake”

  • A papyrus script that allegedly revealed Jesus Christ’s spouse is now deemed as a hoax
  • Karen King, a professor of Christianity at Harvard University and the one who defended the script back in 2012, now says it is probably a fake
  • After the real identity of the papyrus’ source was revealed, King found out more background details the professor says she was unaware of initially

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” a papyrus script that allegedly revealed Jesus Christ’s spouse, is now deemed as a hoax by the same academic who made it public four years ago.

Kirstie McCrum mentioned in her article for Mirror Co UK that Karen King, a professor of Christianity at Harvard University and the one who defended the script back in 2012, now says it is probably a fake.

King revealed that the business card-sized script was written in ancient Coptic script which was given to her five years ago by an anonymous man who chose to reveal himself this week.

The man, now identified as Walter Fritz from Florida, wrote to The Atlantic to reveal himself as the source of the papyrus script.

An article by Ariel Sabar for The Atlantic said that Fritz certified he is the sole owner of the papyrus fragment and that neither he nor “any third parties have forged, altered, or manipulated the fragment and/or its inscription in any way since it was acquired by me”.

However, King is not satisfied with Fritz’s explanation and believes the papyrus is a hoax; saying “It tips the balance towards forgery.”

Fritz further revealed that he is Hans Ulrich Laukamp; the same man previously mentioned by King who sold her the papyrus in November 12, 1999.

The papyrus’ authenticity created a controversy as its validity will contradict the teachings of the church, which maintained that Jesus was never married.

Experts had questioned errors in Coptic grammar and apparent similarities with the Gospel of Thomas, but King initially maintained a belief in the findings of carbon dating and scientific tests run by experts at the MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University.

However, after the real identity of the papyrus’ source was revealed, King found out more background details about Fritz which the professor says she was unaware of initially.

These included Fritz’s work at the Free University’s Egyptology institute and a formal study of Coptic, and given that he is a pornographic filmmaker who cast his wife as a blue movie star.

“I had no idea about this guy, obviously. He lied to me,” King said.

 

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