article are all reputable, so I can't complain about that. The lettering
1. The King quote on the Fox site seems really odd:
I think she was probably misquoted
here. She must have said, "We still have
some work to do... but what is
exciting about this fragment, if it's genuine..."
She should have, anyway.
2. One of the responses of conservative
Christians on the web has been that
it isn't clear whether the 'Maria'
named in line 3 of the fragment is the "wife"
that Jesus refers to in line 4. Indeed, it seems to me that the
locution indicates that she isn't. This
leaves it open (so CC's say) that the
"wife" that Jesus is made to speak of
may be the church, or something else
other than a woman. (Line 7's "I dwell
with her..." doesn't resolve the
since the 'her' there can be a
reference to any feminine noun.)
possibility that a few words or letters
missing on the edges of the fragment
may have altered its meaning, some will certainly suspect (given that the
fragment is genuine) that these were
excised precisely because
fragment didn't support the idea of
Jesus actually having a wife,
value but a tiny fraction of what the owner surely hopes to realize.
3. As to the fragment itself, the top
has almost certainly been cut, but not in a
straight line. Rather, it follows the
lettering. (This suggests, IMO, that it was
cut after the
lettering was done, not before.) The bottom has surely been torn,
but the edges are a mystery. They don't
appear to have been eaten away by
insects or otherwise ravaged by time
(compared with the NH codices). The
fiber-threads visible on the left-hand
edge (of the recto) seem to indicate that it
was torn as well, but
there's no visible fiber-threads on
the right-hand edge.
It doesn't appear to have been either cut or torn or worn away. What does
mean? That the binding
was on the right-hand edge of the
recto, where it
would have weakened the fibers to the point that they would tear more
That would be of some importance, I
think, since I believe that it would indicate
that whatever was missing (again, assuming genuineness, of
course) would be
on the left-hand side of the recto, where it does appear to be torn.
that's this layman's ruminations of the day. (Worth every penny you paid for