Veritas A Harvard Professor, a Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

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From award-winning author Ariel Sabar comes the gripping, true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that engulfed Harvard University.

In 2012, Dr Karen King, a star professor at Harvard Divinity School, announced a blockbuster discovery. She had found an ancient fragment of papyrus - 'The Gospel of Jesus's Wife', as she titled it - in which Jesus called Mary Magdalene 'my wife'. Her announcement made international headlines. If early Christians believed that Jesus was married, it would upend the 2,000-year history of the world's predominant faith, threatening not just the celibate, all-male priesthood but sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women's leadership.

As debates over the manuscript's authenticity raged, award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar set out to investigate a baffling mystery: where did this tiny scrap of papyrus come from? His indefatigable search for answers became an international true-crime story, in which, remarkably, he managed to solve the crime.

Book information

ISBN: 9781913348304
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Imprint: Scribe UK
Pub date:
DEWEY: 229.8
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6944
Number of pages: 416
Weight: -1g
Height: 234mm
Width: 153mm