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A Lycopolitan Forgery of John's Gospel*

  • Christian Askeland (a1)

The internet publication of a Coptic Gospel of John fragment demonstrated that both it and the related Gospel of Jesus' Wife fragment were modern creations. The Coptic John fragment was clearly copied from Herbert Thompson's 1924 publication of the Lycopolitan Qau codex, and shared the same hand, ink and writing instrument with the Gospel of Jesus' Wife fragment. The present discussion will first survey the extant Coptic tradition of John's Gospel, and second outline the evidence for dependence on the Qau codex publication.

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The author would like to thank Andrew Bernhard and Simon Gathercole for carefully reading the present article, and offering corrections and improvements throughout.

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Christian Askeland , ‘The Coptic versions of the New Testament’, The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis (ed. B. D. Ehrman and M. W. Holmes ; Leiden: Brill, 2012 2) 201–30

C. Askeland , John's Gospel: The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text (Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 44; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012)

R. Kasser , ‘A Standard System of Sigla for Referring to the Dialects of Coptic’, J. Copt. Stud. 1 (1990) 141–51

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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
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