December 13, 2012
What Do We Really Know About Jesus?
Bart Ehrman, Newsweek
This past September, Harvard University professor Karen King unveiled a newly discovered Gospel fragment that she entitled “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” This wisp of a papyrus has stirred up a hornet’s nest and raised anew questions about what we can know about the historical Jesus of Nazareth, and about whether there are other Gospels outside the New Testament that can contribute valuable information. Few questions could be more timely, here in the season that celebrates Jesus’ birth.
The fragment is just a scrap—the size of a credit card—written in Coptic, the language of ancient Egypt. It contains only eight broken lines of writing, but in one of these Jesus...