Professor Richard Bauckham provides a response to the recent book by conspiracy theorist Simcha Jacobovici, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Sacred Text That Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene (HarperCollins, 2014).
Jacobovici (a journalist infamous for peddling various conspiracy theories about Jesus) claims to have discovered the secret key to interpret Joseph and Aseneth – a well-known ancient Jewish work. For Jacobovici, and his co-author Barrie Wilson, it is all a coded message about Jesus and Mary Magdalene (who are not mentioned in the text).
Richard Bauckham provides an online refutation of Jacobovici’s conspiracy theory, “Assessing The Lost Gospel“:
Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context
Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem
Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth (i)
Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses (responding to Jacobovici’s response one and response two)
Part 5: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth (ii)
Part 6: On Mary Magdalene and Magdala
Part 7: Conclusion and Pauline Postscript