Investigative journalism at its finest. Thank you, Ariel Sabar.
You really can’t make this stuff up about the guy who made the Jesus’ Wife stuff up: disgruntled grad student and former museum employee who specialized in Egyptology; victim of abuse by a Catholic priest; car salesman with a penchant for wheeling and dealing; friend and former business associate of those claimed as previous owners of the papyrus; a Dan Brown devotee, together with his wife who writes in a similar vein; pre-release purchaser of the GospelofJesusWife.com domain; and even, together with his wife, a maker of online porn with spiritual overtones.
I’ve succinctly summarized the salient details here because I want to encourage people to read this article, in its entirety.
P.S. Karen King refused to answer Sabar’s questions. The scholarly community, including the faculty of Harvard, need to ask those same questions and get honest answers. It’s one thing to be duped. It’s another thing entirely to participate in and enable an ongoing charade.