Facts: Forgery Killers

Then last week the story began to crumble faster than an ancient papyrus exposed in the windy Sudan. Mr. Askeland found, among the online links that Harvard used as part of its publicity push, images of another fragment, of the Gospel of John, that turned out to share many similarities—including the handwriting, ink and writing instrument used—with the “wife” fragment. The Gospel of John text, he discovered, had been directly copied from a 1924 publication.

—Jerry Patengale, “How The ‘Jesus’ Wife’ Hoax Fell Apart” (HT: Tim Graham) (More on the fraud)

Subscribe to the Heidelblog today!


  1. Don’t count on the mainstream media to give much attention to a rebuttal of the story

    • …because the Wall Street Journal is this little indie publication that no one reads?

Comments are closed.