The article was expected to detail the discovery of a 4th century parchment which references Jesus' wife.
The controversial discovery was made by Professor Karen King who announced in September that dialogue written in Coptic on the parchment seemed to include a reference by Jesus which translates to "my wife". The delay in the publication of an article set to detail a full analysis of the parchment has cast new doubts on its authenticity.
"Publication of Prof. King’s paper has been delayed, so that the results of the testing may be incorporated," said Kathryn Dodgson, director of communications for Harvard Divinity School. So far the discovery has been met with significant criticism with even the Vatican declaring it a fake. "There are thousands of scraps of papyrus where you find crazy things," said Coptic linguist Wolf-Peter Funk. "It can be anything."
"A long-awaited article on a Coptic papyrus fragment believed to reference the wife of Jesus has been left out of the Harvard Theological Review, furthering doubts about the artifact’s authenticity."
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