Show on Jesus' wife papyrus delayed amid doubts

Oct 01, 2012

The Smithsonian Channel says the premiere of its documentary on a papyrus fragment that purports to show Jesus referring to his wife is being delayed until further tests can be done.

Research about the fourth-century Coptic papyrus fragment was released last month by Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King. She said it didn't prove Jesus was married, only that some early believed he was.

Scholars immediately raised about its and questioned its lack of known archaeological provenance.

The documentary was scheduled to debut Sept. 30. But the channel's general manager says it will be delayed "until the document undergoes additional tests."

Tom Hayden says the program will consider such doubts and the results of the tests. He said that will make for a "more complete story."

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defactoseven
not rated yet Oct 02, 2012
It's the battle of the dogmas. You can't prove something with nothing. You can't divide by 0. They keep on trying as hard as they can to make 0 go into something...
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Oct 02, 2012
You would think that the Smithsonian would already be in possession of the lowdown on this scrap of papyrus, since it is just the sort of thing that is the Institution's stock-in-trade.

But that's what you get for thinking.

I'm sure that The Smithsonian Channel is or will be just as stupid, pandering, sensationalistic, and inconsequential as NatGeo.

And if not, I'm sure they could become so --if they will only try a little harder.

We certainly don't want to challenge the great unwashed with facts accurately reported in the style of quality journalism!

No, the Smithsonian Channel is more properly viewed as just another marketing conduit and, as such, exists merely to
sell those ultra hi-tech never-again-buy-another-pair houseslippers(etc) to generate that ad revenue.

You know --because of fiscal austerity, and all...

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