I should have known. Almost every Lent there is a new discovery of a relic that is going to blow the minds of Christians everywhere when they discover the REAL Jesus.
This is getting old and boring.
Michael Barber has the scope over at his place, the Sacred Page: The “Discovery” is a Fake: Another Triumph for Biblioblogging.
“Long story short, after further investigation it is now clear that these “newly” found “documents” are fakes–and the world has the biblioblogosphere for revealing that.
How do we know the discovery is a fraud? Well, for one thing, as Peter Thonemann at Oxford has pointed out, the Greek text was written by someone who apparently doesn’t know the Greek alphabet! Most amusingly, the writing mixes up the Lambda (the Greek “L”) and the Alpha (the Greek “A”). Not a very promising sign of authenticity!’
So. . . we can all move on now. Of course, don’t hold your breath for the retractions. ”