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Scholarly comment on the ‘lost Gospel’

28 November 2014


From Dr John M. Court

Sir, - I was sorry that you quoted me only as supporting Bishop Tom Wright and Professor James Crossley in a sceptical viewpoint regarding the "lost Gospel" (News, 14 November). Another negative point that I raised was about the support of the British Library in this publicity.

But, in addition, I did offer some more positive points on procedure: I emphasised the importance of investigating neglected Syriac manuscripts, and offered some contextual points about assessing them (date, provenance, and motivation for the original writers).

I thought that the readers of Church Times might have benefited from some words on academic research procedure, as well as the message they probably wanted to hear, so that they could disregard this theory as "bilge"!

(University of Kent, Canterbury)
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