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Ancient Manuscripts in Digital Culture: Visualisation, Data Mining, Communication

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McGrath’s chapter on the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife sets aside as settled the question of the papyrus’ authenticity, and explores instead what we can learn about the Digital Humanities and scholarly interaction in a digital era from the way the discussions and investigations of that work unfolded, and how issues that arose were handled. As news of purported new finds can spread around the globe instantaneously facilitated by current technology and social media, how can academics utilize similar technology to evaluate authenticity, but even more importantly, inform the broader public about the importance of provenance, and the need for skepticism towards finds that appear via the antiquities market?


The book chapter, "Learning from Jesus’ Wife: What Does Forgery Have to Do with the Digital Humanities?" by James F. McGrath, was originally published by Brill under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license in Ancient Manuscripts in Digital Culture: Visualisation, Data Mining, Communication, 2019, Volume 3. DOI: 10.1163/9789004399297_013.