The scientific tests, however, did not convince Brown University Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology Leo Depuydt, who condemned the fragment as a forgery in the April 2014 issue of in 2014, “Forgers have access to genuinely ancient papyrus: blank pieces are easily purchasable on the antiquities market, as are papyri containing unremarkable texts from which the ink can be scraped off. Even if its chemical composition looks right, that doesn’t prove anything.” brings together the exciting worlds of archaeology and the Bible!

Before she presented the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus in Rome, King consulted experts Anne Marie Luijendijk, Professor of Religion at Princeton, Roger Bagnall, Director of NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and Ariel Shisha-Halevy, Professor in General and Egyptian Linguistics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

They all thought the inscription and papyrus looked ancient.

The appearance of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife on the world stage, however, sparked heated debates about its authenticity, so much so that the prestigious journal subsequently devoted its April 2014 issue to the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus, presenting King’s research on the fragment alongside articles describing a number of analyses conducted on the papyrus: a paleographical assessment, a chemical ink test, infrared microspectroscopy and radiocarbon dating.

These tests indicated that the fragment was ancient.

Francis Watson, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, found that almost every word in the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife could be read in the Gospel of Thomas, a complete copy of which was among the Nag Hammadi codices.

The Nag Hammadi codices were discovered in 1945, and the Coptic texts were published in 1956 and have been widely available online.

Writing in 2014, Christian Askeland, Assistant Research Professor of Christian Origins at Indiana Wesleyan University, demonstrated that another papyrus fragment Karen King received from the anonymous antiquities owner was a forgery.

After nearly four years of scrutiny, debate and scientific testing, have we finally put to bed the hoopla surrounding the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? An investigative article by Ariel Sabar recently published in delves into the identity of the anonymous owner of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus, revealing more than anyone could have ever imagined.

The so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is a 1.5 x 3-inch Coptic papyrus fragment that contains the text “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’” This papyrus fragment has been the subject of much debate in the scholarly community since 2012, when Harvard’s Hollis Professor of Divinity Karen L.