There is an update, of sorts, on the story about the papyrus that supposedly says Jesus had a wife.
The truth may be finally emerging about the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” a controversial papyrus suggesting that some people believed Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene
We’ve covered this story multiple times since it appeared in September of 2012. The mystery now is the provenance of the papyrus. The ink “may” be old. The owner “may” be this person. It’s all speculation.
[M]any scholars have come to the conclusion that the papyrus is a modern-day forgery, though King and a few other researchers say they are not ready to concede this:
“At this point, when discussions and research are ongoing, I think it is important, however difficult, to stay open regarding the possible dates of the inscription and other matters of interpretation,” wrote King in a letter recently published in the magazine Biblical Archaeological Review.
Initial tests published by the Columbia University team in 2014 indicated the ink could have been made in ancient times. Researchers are saying little until their report is published; however they did talk about one finding that could provide some support for its authenticity.