Probably a fake. That's what a Harvard professor is saying about the "Jesus' wife" papyrus she once believed to be authentic. Why did folks fall for it in the first place?
Back in 2012 and in 2014 I told you about a papyrus fragment in which Jesus purportedly refers to His "wife."
On both occasions, I said there were many reasons to be skeptical about the fragment, both about what it said and about the authenticity of the fragment itself. more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" has reflected on his recent visit to Kentucky's Ark Encounter, the life-sized Noah's ark theme park built by Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, by calling it "disturbing," arguing that on the Ark's third deck, every single one of the science exhibits is "absolutely wrong."
Nye, who has debated Ham on the topics of evolution and creationism in the past, visited the Ark Encounter on July 8, and was given a tour of the biblical attraction by the Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum president.
Nye told NBC News in a report on Saturday that he was very alarmed by what he saw. He said the Ark Encounter was an "eye-catching attraction" but then described the experience as "much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be." more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has spoken out on the controversy surrounding a small piece of papyrus dubbed the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," which now appears to be a fabrication, by stating that Jesus' bride is the Church, and not a woman who lived on Earth.
"Skeptics of the Bible used this tiny fragment of text to try to prove that the Gospels contained an inaccurate or fragmentary account of Jesus' life. But of course, the Bible was right all along," Ham, a Young Earth Creationist, wrote in an AiG blog on Monday.
"Now, nowhere does Scripture state, 'Jesus was not married.' But none of the Gospel writers — among whom were eyewitnesses and a historian who interviewed eyewitnesses — mention a wife and neither do any of the other New Testament writers. And besides, Jesus' bride is the Church (Ephesians 5:23–32), not a woman here on Earth," he added. more >>
A remarkable archaeological discovery in Israel could shed light on the mystery of the Philistines, a villainous group of people mentioned throughout the Bible whose origins have remained unknown.
The National Geographic reported that a cemetery with human remains was found on the southern coast of Israel outside the walls of the ancient Ashkelon, a major Philistines city that thrived between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C.
The cemetery contains the remains of over 211 bodies, dated from the 11th to 8th centuries B.C. more >>
A new documentary following ten students to Egypt to decode the ancient world using clues from the Bible will be released this summer.
Thinking Man Films Production is making the new youth-oriented DVD series, "Patterns of Evidence: Young Explorers," following the success of the award-winning adventure documentary "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus."
"Patterns of Evidence: Young Explorers" follows 10 students as they journey on an exploration into the world of ancient Egypt and the Bible, looking for ancient clues in the biblical text which prepares them for face-to-face encounters with Egyptologists and archaeologists. The series targets youth from 8-15 year olds. more >>
A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King told the Boston Globe last week that "it appears now that all the material [Ernest Fritz, owner of the fragment,] gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."
Less than 24 hours after an investigative report about Fritz's papyrus forgery was published in the August issue of The Atlantic, additional documents emerged showing a fake Greek manuscript Fritz had posted on his website and a blog in which his wife "talks of restoring a second century Christian gospel, a project that apparently left part of the manuscript in fragments," according to Live Science. more >>