New Testament scholar Candida Moss discusses the current debate surrounding the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” (GJW) in a recent article for The Daily Beast.
On the one hand, tests designed to prove that the text is a forgery failed to establish its inauthenticity. On the other hand, the grammatical errors and similarities to the Gospel of Thomas are still a problem.
The problem is this:
- GJW appears to be an ancient document dating to around the 8th century CE.
- GJW appears to contain text pulled directly from the 2002 online edition of the Gospel of Thomas.
These two points seems to be at odds with one another, but there’s a solution to the conundrum that I haven’t yet seen mentioned in the scholarly debate: we’re dealing with time travel.
An enterprising time traveler from the future was making the rounds of history and befriended an 8th century scribe who was writing about Jesus. The traveler generously provided the scribe with Michael Grondin’s online text of the Gospel of Thomas and the scribe then incorporated that text into the larger treatise, of which only the fragment now known as GJW is extant.
Far-fetched? No more so than the fear among some Christians that this is all part of the on-going plot of secular academia to undermine Christianity.