A sense of adventure, competitive drive, and intensity about her work propelled Karen L. King, Harvard professor, into the global spotlight in September, when she introduced the world to a small swatch of papyrus that she believes to be a fourth-century fragment portraying Jesus as married. Her understated demeanor and meticulous, footnote-saturated writing belies her boldness — and readiness to follow her work wherever it leads. King’s journey to academic stardom began in a tiny town in rural Montana.
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