Veritas

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

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Publisher Description

From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author comes the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.

In 2012, Dr. Karen King, a star religion professor at Harvard, announced a breathtaking discovery just steps from the Vatican: she’d found an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene “my wife.” The mysterious manuscript, which King provocatively titled “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” had the power to topple the Roman Catholic Church. It threatened not just the all-male priesthood, but centuries of sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women’s leadership, much of it premised on the hallowed tradition of a celibate Jesus. 
 
Award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar covered King’s announcement in Rome but left with a question that no one seemed able to answer: Where in the world did this history-making papyrus come from? Sabar’s dogged sleuthing led from the halls of Harvard Divinity School to the former headquarters of the East German Stasi before landing on the trail of a Florida man with an unbelievable past. Could a motorcycle-riding pornographer with a fake Egyptology degree and a prophetess wife have set in motion one of the greatest hoaxes of the century? A propulsive tale laced with twists and trapdoors, Veritas is an exhilarating, globe-straddling detective story about an Ivy League historian and a college dropout—and how they worked together to pass off an audacious forgery as a long-lost piece of the Bible.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2020
August 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
33.3
MB

Customer Reviews

J. Hartman ,

Veritas

I read a NY times review while reading this book that said the book was "too long". As someone who spent nearly their entire career as a research manager in academia, i wished the book could have been longer. It's one of the best stories about the foibles of researchers i've ever read. The author's painstaking research was spot on and provided a gripping account of how far off the rails even a great researcher can find themselves when the ends become more important than the means.

simawenlan ,

A fascinating investigative journalism

I first came across the story when I read the same author’s journal article "Did Jesus Have a Wife?” at The Atlantic. Since I’m a professional historian, I was totally stunned that an esteemed Harvard religious historian was duped by a person who never finished his Ph.d. Now, after four more years of research and investigation, the author has presented a full-length account of this fascinating and bizarre story. A big takeaway: if something is too good to believe, then don’t believe it without thorough investigation.

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