Ben Oliver



A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife
01 July 2021

A distinguished Harvard professor is introduced to a fragment of papyrus indicating that Jesus Christ may have had a wife. Some glaring oversights are made and a huge debate begins as to its authenticity.

A thorough and carefully researched book that unfolds like a detective novel. Sabar gives us a clear view of his process and wanders down several unexpected and fascinating paths.

Through this story we see how history and religion are intertwined, and how they have shaped each other. We see how academia can let itself down. We get a look into the world of antiquities, and authenticity. It’s a tale of what happens when you start to believe what you want to believe, rather than relying on what’s being presented to you.

A brilliant piece of journalistic writing.