Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife Review

From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that engulfed Harvard.

In 2012, Dr. Karen King, a star professor at Harvard Divinity School, announced a blockbuster discovery at a scholarly conference just steps from the Vatican: She had found an ancient fragment of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene "my wife." The tattered manuscript made international headlines. If early Christians believed Jesus was married, it would upend the 2,000-year history of the world's predominant faith, threatening not just the celibate, all-male priesthood but sacred teachings on marriage, sex and women's leadership. Biblical scholars were in an uproar, but King had impeccable credentials as a world-renowned authority on female figures in the lost Christian texts from Egypt known as the Gnostic gospels. "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife"--as she provocatively titled her discovery--was both a crowning career achievement and powerful proof for her arguments that Christianity from its start embraced alternative, and far more inclusive, voices.

As debates over the manuscript's authenticity raged, award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar set out to investigate a baffling mystery: where did this tiny scrap of papyrus come from? His search for answers is an international detective story--leading from the factory districts of Berlin to the former headquarters of the East German Stasi before winding up in rural Florida, where he discovered an internet pornographer with a prophetess wife, a fascination with the Pharaohs and a tortured relationship with the Catholic Church.

VERITAS is a tale of fierce intellectual rivalries at the highest levels of academia, a piercing psychological portrait of a disillusioned college dropout whose life had reached a breaking point, and a tragedy about a brilliant scholar handed an ancient papyrus that appealed to her greatest hopes for Christianity--but forced a reckoning with fundamental questions about the nature of truth and the line between faith and reason.

Title:Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife
Edition Language:English

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  • Obsidian

    Please note that I read this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.Not too much to say here, this was pretty dry and not that exciting. I thought it would be a cool story about how so...

  • Justin

    ***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***The search for truth is an important one. However, waht happens if our search for truth becomes clouded by our own biases and what w...

  • Tracy Susko

    In 2012, Dr. Karen King, holder of the prestigious title Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard's Divinity School, announced at a conference held just outside the Vatican, that she had discovered an ...

  • Kristen Beverly

    I am kind of really obsessed with bizarre true stories, so when I read the subtitle of this book, I knew I had to read it. I won't pretend to know what's right and wrong about the history within this ...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Physically the artefact consists of a scrap of papyrus about the size of a calling card, consisting of seven lines written in Coptic, an ancient Egyptian language. 1 ] “not [to] me. My mother gave t...

  • June

    This is my favorite read of 2020 so far. The author has masterfully woven several well-researched pieces of investigative journalism together to create a complex exploration of human nature and percep...

  • George

    Really engrossing (for the most part) story about how a Harvard Divinity School professor ended up announcing to the world that she had come into possession of an ancient papyrus scrap indicating that...

  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner

    This is an amazingly thorough investigation into the debunked "Jesus's Wife" papyrus, primarily focusing on the Harvard Divinity School professor who insisted, publicly and explosively, this was the r...

  • Shirley Freeman

    Veritas, or Truth, is definitely stranger than fiction in this meticulously researched story of the veracity, or not, of the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" manuscript announced by renowned Harvard Divinity S...

  • Laura Koerber

    Fascinating. WAY better than the Da VInci Whatever. Well to me way better but I am interested not only in history but also in how historians "do history". Cut to its bones, this is the story of how a ...