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'Jesus wife' documentary broadcast delayed amid doubts

A TV documentary about a 4th-Century papyrus fragment that makes reference to Jesus having a wife has been delayed amid doubts over its authenticity.
The Smithsonian Channel has pushed backed the broadcast to an unspecified date, while further tests on the Coptic script are carried out.

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'Wife of Jesus' reference in Coptic 4th Century script

An ancient scrap of papyrus makes explicit reference to Jesus having a wife, according to a renowned expert in Christian history.
Harvard divinity professor Karen King unveiled the 4th-Century Coptic script at a conference in Rome.
She said researchers had identified the words "Jesus said to them, 'my wife'", which might refer to Mary Magdalene.

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 German translates oldest known Hebrew

The oldest known written ancient Hebrew other than the Bible has emerged as laws to protect slaves, widows, orphans and foreigners, according to the German theologian who translated the script.
The five lines of ancient Hebrew were painted onto a clay pot about 3,000 years ago. Their author is thought to have been a trainee court official - they were instructed to write out important laws over and over again to improve their writing skills.

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 Rare Lotus Sutra opens to public

The Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts, discovered by cattle grazers in Gilgit in a Buddhist stupa in 1931, are set to be released in a facsimile edition in New Delhi on Thursday.
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Ancient manuscript found in Brisbane

The Queensland Museum has been revealed as an unlikely resting place for the missing pieces of a rare manuscript from ancient Egypt.
Archaeologists had been searching for the missing fragments of the rare Book of the Dead for 100 years when a visiting Egyptologist stumbled across them while in Brisbane to open a mummy exhibition.
Fragments from the rest of the papyrus, more than 3000 years old, lie in the British Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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British Library scans 18th and 19th-Century newspapers

Four million pages of newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries have been made available online by the British Library.
The public will now be able to scan the content of 200 titles from around the UK and Ireland.

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Bible's authors decoded by computer

A group of Israeli researchers has built a computer algorithm to decode the Bible.
The Bar-Ilan University team used the program to examine what style parts of the Christian Old Testament, or Pentateuch, were written in.
That doesn't tell you how many authors wrote it, but since the two differing styles the team found, priestly and non-priestly, accord generally with the consensus of scholars, it shows that those differences aren't a coincidence.

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Bodleian Libraries fulfil 12th century Hebrew mandate

The Bodleian Libraries have digitized digitised and made available online part of the first comprehensive code of Jewish Law, Mishneh Torah.
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900-year-old manuscript of Holy Quran found

Archaeologist Ghulam Akbar Malik found a valuable manuscript of the Holy Quran dating back to the 12th century while on an excavation trip in Jhelum.
The salt range and its adjacent territory have been home to many archaeological discoveries and Malik incidentally came across this valuable scripture there. Malik was taking a break after the day's work to recite the holy book when an old man gave him this historic manuscript to read.

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Cyrus the Great' Cylinder returns to the UK in one piece

The Cyrus the Great Cylinder, described as the world's first Charter of Human Rights returned to the British Museum on Monday, following the seven-month loan to the National Museum of Iran (NMI).
The priceless Cylinder arrived in the UK just after the cultural authorities in Iran severed ties with the Louvre over the French museum's decision not to lend Iranian antiquities to NMI.

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