The Coptic Jesus text
This new fourth century Coptic text is making the rounds in spectacular fashion, so it prompts me to say a few words.My first reaction to seeing it was that it could not be real, I am just cynical about such things. Very good scholars have actually seen the text though ( no substitute for inspection), and I respect their opinions. So far, reaction is mixed in the world of Coptic Studies, so we’ll see. It is indeed hard to imagine a scholarly fraud, as Roger Bagnall points out, But there was the famous “Batson D. Ceiling” affair in the late 80’s. There, it was a Demotic text, hand copy only, of the sayings of Jesus. That made it to the front pages of many newspapers. I’ll dig that out soon.