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Jesus’s Wife papyrus is a modern fake

A New Testament scholar from Durham University says the papyrus fragment I posted about earlier this week, which references Jesus' wife, is a modern fake. [Thx to Sebastian for the heads up] He does not directly criticise Professor Karen King, of Harvard, who presented the fragment at a conference in Rome

Reference to Jesus’ wife found on scrap of papyrus

A scrap of papyrus from the 4th century A.D. has been found which makes a reference to Jesus having a wife. The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the fragment to only a small circle

Amateur botches Spanish fresco restoration

An amateur "restorer" has stunned Spanish cultural officials with her awful work, fixing up a painting of Jesus Christ in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, Spain. Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to

Christ’s crucifixion nails found?

Let me just say this...probably not. However, a filmmaker is claiming to have found the actual crucifixion nails used to nail Jesus to the cross. "What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been

15th century Christ icon found in Ethiopia

A 500-year-old Christ icon has been discovered after it was cleaned by a British charity. The central panel of the triptych had over the centuries become blackened with the sprinkling of perfume that the monks use as they worship. The hugely important and stunning painted wood panel is now visible in its

Jesus’ great grandmother revealed in medieval manuscript

According to a 14th-century Florentine manuscript, Jesus' great grandmother was a woman named Ismeria. Lawless studied the St. Ismeria story, which she said has been "ignored by scholars," in two manuscripts: the 14th century "MS Panciatichiano 40" of Florence's National Central Library and the 15th century "MS 1052" of

Found: Oldest painting of Christ’s apostles

Art restorers in Italy believe they have found the oldest known images of some of Jesus Christ's apostles. The faces of Apostles Andrew, John, Peter and Paul were uncovered using new laser technology in a catacomb in Rome. The paintings date from the second half of the 4th Century or

A close-up look at the Turin Shroud

BBC News has posted a great close-up look at both the front and the back of the Turin Shroud. The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth measuring 1.21m by 4.42m believed by some to bear the impression of Jesus Christ. For the first time in a decade it has gone