"My personal opinion is that Karen King and Harvard Theological Review have significantly improved the traditional peer review process by utilizing the Internet," Oxford University graduate Andrew Bernhard told Live Science.
"In fact, this could potentially be a watershed moment in the history of scholarship where the academic process becomes more open and transparent." The business-card-size papyrus at the center of the controversy, described as "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife," by King on Sept.
Two Coptic scholars — Anne Marie Luijendijk of Princeton University and Roger Bagnall of New York University — considered the text authentic and dating back to the fourth century, according to the Biblical Archaeology Society's Shanks. Before becoming managing editor, Jeanna served as a reporter for Live Science and for about three years.
Hershel Shanks of the Biblical Archaeology Society writes that the withdrawal of the paper is "shameful." (Shanks is founder and editor of the society's Biblical Archaeology Review.) Meanwhile, another scholar applauds the Harvard Theological Review for making King's study available online, if not yet published in their journal.This withdrawal, however, doesn't mean the journal will never publish the scientific paper by Harvard historian Karen King on the supposed lost Gospel."Harvard Theological Review is planning to publish Professor King's paper after testing is concluded so that the results may be incorporated," Kit Dodgson, director of communications at Harvard Divinity School, wrote in an email to Live Science.Comparison of these chemical and physical properties of two or more inks can determine: (1) if the inks were made by the same manufacturer; (2) in some cases, whether the inks are products of the same production batch; and (3) the first production date of the specific ink formulation involved.When dating tags are detected, it is possible to determine the actual year or years when the ink was manufactured.