As I said in the original post, it is important for us to be patient and see what the community of scholars has to say about this. Now that the papyrus has been published, it is time for the experts to examine it and weigh in.
But there has been no end of people chatting about this online. Some are well-respected scholars who, for the most part, are applauding the discovery but are also cautioning that there is a lot we still don't know. And then of course there are the usual suspects who are already making sensational claims about Jesus having a wife and are wondering where they should send a gift to the happy couple.
So here is a round up of some of the better links.
Larry Hurtado is cautious but does point out that calling the fragment the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" is a bit premature.
Simon Gathercole notes that while the fragment has been judged to be authentic by two experts, there are some reasons to be skeptical.
Dan Wallace offers us a reality check of what we know and can say about the fragment.
Mark Goodacre provides a good round up of the story and offers a short article from Francis Watson in which Watson suggests that the fragment is a fake. For a response to Watson's article see James McGrath who thinks that there is still reason to doubt it is a modern forgery.
April Deconick does think Jesus was married, but doesn't think that this fragment proves it.
Tom Verenna has two good posts concerning the authenticity of the fragment. In the first he lays out four reasons why the fragment's authenticity should be questioned. In the second post he revisits those questions with answers from Richard Carrier. But Tom is still somewhat skeptical.
And now for those who plan to attend the Jesus nuptials.
I was disappointed to learn that the Smithsonian Channel was producing a special on the fragment. I had thought this was being handled the right way without the usual media circus. But since the special will air on September 30th, it now looks like this whole story will be sensationalized anyway.
And then of course there is Simcha Jacobovici. This is the man known for supposedly finding Jesus' family tomb and that of Joseph of Arimathea. Simcha is now sure that his theories have been vindicated.
Probably the best assessment of the situation so far is not from a biblical scholar but Jon Stewart. I offer you his slightly irreverent but humorously insightful take on the story.
And then for a slightly more irreverent but humorous take there is the Colbert report.