An Interview with the Discoverer of ‘Jesus’ Wife’

My conversation, with Karen King, the scholar who claims to have discovered “The Gospel of Mary,” has just been published by Time.

When Karen King, a historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, unveiled last week a fragment of papyrus, on which Jesus says the words my wife, she was greeted with a mix of excitement and dismay. Could a tiny strip of barely legible papyrus call into question some of the church’s most well-known teachings? King spoke to TIME about the controversial fragment’s authenticity, its relation to the New Testament and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

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