10343The GJW Fragment and the Grondin Interlinear
- Oct 11, 2012I guess it falls to me to announce the lastest news on the contents of theGJW Fragment to the list. Andrew Bernhard has posted a paper titled"How The Gospel of Jesus's Wife Might Have Been Forged: A TentativeThis paper further develops some ideas that Andrew had written aboutearlier, among which the suggestion that a forger could have used thepdf (page-by-page) version of my interlinear.Mark Goodacre announced Andrew's paper, along with some commentsand images of his own today:Subsequent to reading Mark's blog-entry, to which Stephen Goranson hadadded a timeline including the date of 1997 as the first copyright date shownon my pdf file, I did some investigation. It turns out that the pdf file wasfirst made publicly available on 14 Nov 2002, through a note to GThomastitled "New Working Documents Now Available":Prior to that time, my website contained a set of gif images. I still havethose and have looked at them: the 'M' is in its proper place on line 50.01.Which means that the earliest point in time at which anyone could havecopied the typo on line 50.01 of my page-by-page interlinear was mid-November of 2002. What was going on with me at that point in time wasthat I was getting ready for my first SBL meeting, in Toronto (an easy tripfrom where I live.) The pdf of the interlinear was prepared in anticipationof handing it out at that meeting. Conveniently for documenting the eventsof that time, I posted the following to GThomas shortly after I came back:Titled "Delusions of Grandeur, or How I Sold My First 'Book'", itdocuments that I handed out five copies of my interlinear at the SBLmeeting, and specifies (to my surprise) who I gave them to! All wererespected folks except the one guy to whom I "sold" a copy (hencethe title of the posting). As I said earlier, there's only an outside chancethat this was the way that a supposed forger could have come acrossmy page-by-page interlinear, but it's a possibility. Who knows whateventually happened to those copies?Mike Grondinp.s.: The 'discomfort' I mentioned in an earlier note has to do onlywith being the center of attention, which I dislike, not anything else.
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