Monday, April 28, 2014
Two Recent Thoughtful Responses to Jesus Wife Fragment
There has been a lot of recent buzz about the Jesus Wife Fragment again. So much so that it is difficult to keep track - especially if you are busy teaching and researching other things. But I think there are two recent thoughtful responses to read. The first is Caroline Schroeder's interview with Anthony LeDonne (here), in which she discusses why she thinks it is a forgery in the aftermath of Christian Askeland's analysis of the companion fragment from the Lycopolitan Gospel of John. The second post is one by April DeConick, who has - by and large - remained out of the free-for-all fray until now. Her post, however, is a series of questions that gets at the methodological assumptions we are making in asserting the fragment a forgery or not. There is so much out there at the moment that a roundup of posts would be ridiculously large, a catalogue of ships for the Jesus Wife Fragment. I think, however, that if one reads these two posts and follow some of their links back, one will be by and large caught up in the discussion and know what questions perhaps remain unanswered.