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Scholar: papyrus likely a fake.

BOSTON * A Harvard scholar has admitted that an ancient papyrus that has been a focus of her studies is likely a fake. Professor Karen King, who teaches at the Harvard Divinity School, told The Boston Globe that the materials she had received concerning the provenance of the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" papyrus fragment "were fabrications."

Harvard Divinity School posted an announcement on its website June 20 addressing the findings and underlining its mission to "pursue truth through scholarship, investigation, and vigorous debate."

The statement said the school "is therefore grateful to the many scholars, scientists, technicians, and journalists who have devoted their expertise to understanding the background and meaning of the papyrus fragment."

The announcement comes after an investigation into the document's history that was published in the July/August 2016 issue of The Atlantic.

At a 2012 Coptic studies conference in Rome, King had presented her research on the papyrus fragment, which she said contained the words "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..."' According to a 2012 Religion News Service report, the fragment contains 33 words across 14 incomplete lines in Coptic, an Egyptian language.

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Title Annotation:Karen King
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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