What About the Back of the So-Called Gospel of Jesus’s Wife?

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There has been a lot of chatter over the last week about the new Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, originally announced here.  So much so, that it is quite difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing discussion about this text.  Scholars all over the globe have chimed in, most questioning the authenticity of the fragment (see my original assessment here).  Most recently, Francis Watson of Durham University has offered two short articles (here and here) which strongly suggest this fragment was a modern fake.

But in all of this discussion, I have noticed that far too little attention has been given to a very important piece …

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The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife—Authentic or Not?

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Yesterday, during the break for my Gospels class (and ironically just prior to my lectures on apocryphal gospels), I received the big news about the discovery of a new apocryphal gospel fragment.  This fragment—aptly named The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife—contains a story where Jesus refers to “My wife” and is dated to the fourth century.  No doubt this will reignite the firestorm felt during the release of The Da Vinci Code many years ago, and the major media outlets will be asking again about whether Jesus was married.

Since yesterday’s announcement, I have been inundated with emails and phone calls asking for my assessment of this new fragment.  So, I …

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The Battle of Worldviews: Dualism and Theism in Tolkien and Lewis

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Everyone has a worldview.  And every worldview has to deal with a key issue: the origins of good and evil.  This is the perennial question of our existence and no one can escape it.  Even fictional worldviews have to account for good and evil (if they are going to make any sense).

One possibility is to suggest that there is no such thing as good and evil.  On a materialist-evolutionary worldview, where there is nothing but matter in motion, concepts like “good” and “evil” are merely human constructs.   But such a worldview leads directly to Nihilism.  We are forced to argue that the actions of people like Jerry Sandusky are …

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Lewis, Tolkien and the Phenomenon of Male Friendship

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I’ve begun a new teaching series at my church entitled, “The Worlds of Lewis and Tolkien: Christian Imagery in Narnia and Middle Earth.”   As a big fan of both these authors (particularly Tolkien), it has been a pleasure exploring anew how Christ is represented in their fictional works.

One thing that has struck me in my background reading is the unique friendship shared by Lewis and Tolkien, particularly as it was manifested in the regular meetings of the “Inklings.”   Indeed, it was this friendship that not only led to Lewis’ conversion, but also was the context in which they developed many of their ideas that later appear in their fictional …

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