I just noticed that the most recent print edition of World Magazine had a write up on the recent “discovery” of the so-called Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, a purportedly fourth-century Coptic gospel where Jesus refers to “my wife.” The online link can be found here.
The World Magazine article referred to my original discussion of this fragment published on the TGC website here. The article picked up on one of the most critical points I was trying to make in my original discussion: “of all the known ‘gospels’ of Christ, ‘only Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are dated to the first century.'”
This is a rather simple, but often overlooked fact. And if it were remembered more often, then sensationalistic claims about early gospels would be regarded as, well, less sensational. And that would be a refreshing change.
I tend to think that this sort of thing is going to become more and more widely known, as knowledgeable people share their knowledge in public ways, as you have done. The Internet enables the spread of reliable knowledge very quickly.
Michael Kruger says
Thanks, John. I agree. The internet has acted as a sort of global “peer review” for this new Jesus’s Wife gospel. And it has worked remarkably fast.