Researchers reported the discovery of a gospel fragment in a remote Southern California seminary that promises to “revolutionize our understanding of the historical Jesus,” according to an article in the latest issue of the Journal of Emergent Literature.
The fragment was discovered on a lavender sticky note attached to the inside back cover of a student notebook, and seems to have originally been located at the end of Matthew chapter 5. The fragment only survives in an English translation of an Aramaic original, according to researchers.
49 And when he had finished speaking, Jesus went to dine with some scribes and Pharisees. They reclined at table and talked until midnight.
50 There was a lull in the conversation, and a scribe spake unto Jesus saying, “There isn’t a single good reason I can think of to take your personal interpretation over the cumulative, scholarly, historical, orthodox work of traditional commentators.”
Quentin Quesnell denounced the fragment as “a self-serving hoax and a transparent forgery.” Representatives of the Center for Aramaic and English Studies were unavailable for comment.